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Students in Makenzie Ellis’ seventh-grade algebra class at Washington Middle School visited Krista Williams’ second-year biomedical class at Washington High School on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18.

The middle school students are working on a biomedical unit in their algebra class.

Students from the two classes collaborated to give the high school students a review on the subject and to allow the middle school students to add to what they are doing on their own in their classroom.

The students worked together on different projects during the visit, sharing thoughts and ideas on the biomedical topic.

Pictures from the collaboration between the two classes are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/22/18




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Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, recently completed a DECA project that was months in the making with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

Frick and Hopkins raised a total of $8,016.73. They will donate it to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who will then fund the family’s trip to Legoland.

“We want to give a big thank you to our generous community that helped us reach our goal of $5,000. The community of Washington is truly amazing the way they are so willing to give to a family in need,” Frick said. “We had so many businesses and individuals come to us and ask if they could donate, which warmed our hearts. The community was a vital part in reaching our goal and we could not have done it without them.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The local boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

They hosted a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they raised money for their project. See the photos below, courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $1,000 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA members Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who raised money to help send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Pictured from left are Hopkins, Frick and Washington Police Officers Doug Tollison and Mindy Schmelz.


Students collected money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation project during Washington High School's boys and girls basketball games on January 16.




(Washington Missourian Photos)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/19/18




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With two missed days so far for the eclipse on August 21 and the snow day on January 16, the last day of the 2017-18 school year for the School District of Washington currently stands at Monday, May 21. That date will change if there are more missed days.

The schedule for make-up days is as follows:

Make-up days 1-6: May 18, 21-25;

Make-up days 7-8: March 26-27.

February 19 may be used as a make-up day if excessive weather occurs prior to February 9.

Click on the attached link below for the revised 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/18/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 17, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/17/18




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Due to the conditions of several secondary roads throughout the district, coupled with the frigid temperatures and the windchill advisory, the School District of Washington will be closed Tuesday, January 16. Stay safe and warm. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/15/18




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Washington High School’s Winter Courtwarming is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19. The boys basketball Blue Jays take on Liberty. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.

This year's Courtwarming theme is "Winter Wonderland.”

The Courtwarming Court will be introduced at halftime of the varsity boys game. The dance will be held following the varsity basketball game from 9-11 p.m. Coronation will take place at 10:15 p.m. Tickets to the dance are available for WHS students for $5 and will be sold before school Jan. 16-19  in the Northington Lobby.

January 16-19 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 16: USA Day

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Camo Day

Thursday, Jan. 18: Twins Day

Friday, Jan. 19: Blue and white day. Girls wear white. Boys wear blue.

The Courtwarming Court is:

The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair

Student Council: Olivia Diederich and Brock Laughlin

No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz

Chamber Choir: Molly Eckelkamp and Nathan Neely

Orchestra: Zoe Sykes and Ezra Miles

Blue Jay Journal: Jaden Heien and Colton Souders

Basketball: Kailey Robinson and Conlan Jarvis​

Photos of the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court are below.

Pictured is the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court. Front row, from left, are Jake Hillermann, Bailey Bair, Angela Schmitz and Tyler Hughes. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Molly Eckelkamp, Kailey Robinson, Zoe Sykes and Jaden Heien. Back row, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Nathan Neely, Conlan Jarvis, Ezra Miles and Colton Souders.


The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair


Student Council: Brock Laughlin and Olivia Diederich


No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz


Chamber Choir: Nathan Neely and Molly Eckelkamp


Orchestra: Ezra Miles and Zoe Sykes


Blue Jay Journal: Colton Souders and Jaden Heien.


Basketball: Conlan Jarvis​ and Kailey Robinson.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/12/18




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Washington High School was the winner of the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington.

The Festival of Trees featured over 80 decorated trees with various themes from different schools, churches and community groups in the area.

During the month of December, members of the community had the opportunity to view the trees and vote for their favorite by placing canned goods and other food items under the tree.

Each food item counted as one vote and will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between local food pantries.

While the School District of Washington was well-represented by many different buildings and clubs, Washington High School was the winner for the sixth straight year. Washington Middle School Student Council finished in second place.

Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for the Festival of Trees.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees were WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Washington High School National Honor Society, Washington High School Boys Soccer Team, Washington Middle School Student Council, Washington Middle School FFA, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, South Point Elementary first-and second-graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

See pictures below of Washington High School and Washington Middle School students with representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School Student Council were the first- and second-place winners, respectively, in the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for local food panties. Representing WHS in the front row, from left, are Holly Hoerstkamp, Kamryn Mitchell, Hailey Howerton, Abbey Jinkerson and Jenna Loepker. Representing WMS in the second row, from left, are Maggie Figas and Lily Brickel. Also pictured are representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/11/18




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CAPS Global Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The CAPS students had the opportunity to learn more about what the organization does on an annual basis and meet with some of the individuals behind the operation.

Among the items on the agenda during the meeting were 2017 Town & Country Fair reports and awards, 2018 Fair Board introductions, economic development report, Chamber report and awards presentation, and Chamber board introductions.

See the photos below of the CAPS Global Business students at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast.


CAPS Global Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/11/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 10, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/10/18




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Phil King, an Air Force and Navy veteran and retired Boeing Engineer, visited Project Lead the Way Engineering classes at Washington High School to give engineering presentations on Friday, Jan. 5.

King spoke to students in his son’s classes, WHS PLTW Engineering instructor Philip King. The topics ranged from what it takes to be an engineer to the many tasks and obligations engineers face in today’s world.

Phil King, who now serves as Vice President of Boeing St. Louis Programs, brought in two high tech fighter pilot helmets from Boeing, which the students had the chance to get a close and personal look.

The Project Lead the Way program is open to high school students grades 9-12.

The Engineering course exposes students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students explore topics using activity, project and problem-based learning (APPB). Students are challenged to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and the understanding of the design process.

Click on the attached link below for a video about the helmets that were showcased to the PLTW students at WHS. King’s presentation to the WHS students also is attached below. Photos from the presentation are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/8/18




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Lydia Juengling and Mikayla Reed, seniors at Washington High School, recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Lydia Juengling is the daughter of Michael and Stephanie Juengling.

At WHS, Juengling is involved with Junior Optimist Club, Renaissance, National Honor Society, is editor of the yearbook, Blue Jay Journal Television, runs on the cross country team, is a manager for the track and field team, Phi Mu Theta (math honor society) and is on the Worship team at her church.

Juengling also is ending her one-year term as student representative on the School District of Washington’s Board of Education.

Juengling, who holds a 4.0 grade-point average, is a student in the Graphic Communications program at Four Rivers Career Center. She plans to major in architecture in college. She is unsure on where she will attend.

Mikayla Reed is the daughter of Matthew and Lisa Reed.

At WHS, Reed is president of the Key Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. She’s an all-state runner on the WHS cross country and track and field teams, having won multiple state titles and medals. She’s also academic all-state, holding a 4.0 grade-point average. She’s also involved with the all-abilities athletic program.

Reed is a student in the Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center. She’s secretary of Educators Rising.

Reed will attend the University of Missouri and major in secondary education with dual certification in special education and biology. She also will run on the Mizzou cross country and track teams.

See photos below of Juengling and Reed with their Rotary Student of the Month plaques.


Lydia Juengling - Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.


Mikayla Reed - Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/5/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 3, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/3/18




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This is a reminder that students return for the second semester Wednesday, Jan. 3. It will be an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

With the freezing temperatures we’re experiencing, it is important to make sure your child is warm while waiting for the school bus or while walking to school. Being exposed to extreme cold for long periods of time can cause fatigue and increase the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Waiting in a vehicle for the bus is advised. Below are a few things to remember.

* Dress in layers. Layers of clothing trap warm air next to the body.

* Wear hats, mittens/gloves and boots to stay warm and dry. Up to half of your body heat can be lost when your head is not protected against the cold.

* During inclement weather, buses may run late. If the bus is 30 minutes late, students should return home and contact the school district’s transportation company, First Student, at 636-239-1429.

We welcome our students back for the second semester. Let’s make it a great one.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/2/18




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This is a reminder about the School District of Washington’s schedule for the week of Dec. 18-22 and into the New Year.

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, are regular days.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students.

The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22. Staff returns for a professional development day on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return on Wednesday, Jan. 3, which is an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

The winter break for Early Learning Center students begins Dec. 21.

Click on the attached link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/27/17




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Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington on Monday, Dec. 18.

The collection was organized by the WHS student council. The group of STUCO students, along with advisors Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker, delivered the food to St. Peter’s. See the picture below.

The Community Festival of Trees kicked off the first weekend in December.

Over 80 trees are decorated by various organizations and displayed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area have trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree is one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Food can be dropped off any time until Dec. 24 by placing it under the tree or trees you wish to support.

The times to drop off food items are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or during the weekend when the public is invited to view the trees. The weekend hours to see the Festival of Trees are Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each food item will help feed a community member and will count as a vote. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees are WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Washington High School National Honor Society, Washington High School Boys Soccer Team, Washington Middle School Student Council, Washington Middle School FFA, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, South Point Elementary first-and second-graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Washington High School has been the winner for six consecutive years.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Washington. The address is 20 East 5th Street, Washington, MO 63090.


Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Pictured are student council members who organized the collection and made the delivery. Kneeling in the front, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Lauren Ancell, Lexi Hendrix, Madison Sprung, Olivia Diederich, Abbey Jinkerson and Lydia Lock. Standing in the middle, from left, are Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong, Zach Harms, Jessica Frick, Tess Marquart, Kamryn Mitchell, Holly Hoerstkamp, Colleen Kuchem, Anna Schneider and Kailey Robinson. Standing in the back, from left, are Bria Hasenjaeger and Morgan Riegel.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/20/17




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Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students.

Dismissal times on Thursday, Dec. 21, are:

Elementary schools at 11:50 a.m.;

Washington High School at noon; and

Washington Middle School at 12:25 p.m.

The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22. Staff returns for a professional development day on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return on Wednesday, Jan. 3, which is an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

The winter break for Early Learning Center students begins Dec. 21.

Click on the attached link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/20/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Dec. 13, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students. The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/13/17




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The Community Festival of Trees kicked off the first weekend in December.

Over 80 trees are decorated by various organizations and displayed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area have trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree is one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Food can be dropped off any time until Dec. 24 by placing it under the tree or trees you wish to support.

The times to drop off food items are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or during the weekend when the public is invited to view the trees. The weekend hours to see the Festival of Trees are Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Groups may visit during the week by calling ahead and making an appointment at 636-239-6176.

The Festival of Trees will be open for the public to view every weekend in December through Christmas.

Each food item will help feed a community member and will count as a vote. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees are WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Washington High School National Honor Society, Washington High School Boys Soccer Team, Washington Middle School Student Council, Washington Middle School FFA, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, South Point Elementary first-and second-graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Washington High School has been the winner for six consecutive years.

Concert events at St. Peter's are;

December 4 at 3 p.m. – Civic Chorus Concert

December 11 at 7 p.m. –Student Musical

December 18 from 2-6 p.m. – Festival Concert Featuring Bells and Church Choirs Recitals.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Washington. The address is 20 East 5th Street, Washington, MO 63090.

Come see the Festival of Trees and support local food pantries.

See the photos below of the School District of Washington’s trees.


WINGS Foundation


Four Rivers Career Center


Marthasville Elementary


South Point Elementary First and Second Grade


Washington West Elementary Third Grade


Washington Middle School


Washington Middle School Future Farmers of America


Washington High School


Washington High School National Honor Society


Washington High School Cheerleaders


Washington High School Boys Soccer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/8/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, December 6, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/6/17




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Filing for the Washington School Board election this spring will open Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 8 a.m.

The filing period will close Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

There will be two open seats for the April election. Board members Kevin Blackburn (President) and John Freitag (Vice President) both have announced they plan to run for re-election. Blackburn was first elected to the Board in 2012. Freitag was elected in 2015.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Candidates should register in Julie Bell’s office on the second floor of the Washington School District administration building at 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours following the opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district office will be closed for winter break from the close of business Thursday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Jan. 1. It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 a.m.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24, U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, and have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on stated residence.

They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law.

Additionally, candidates cannot be convicted or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

About the Board

The seven-member board of education serves as the governing body for the school district.

The school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The school board always holds a reorganization meeting in April following the election. New school board members are sworn in at that time for their new three-year terms.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/4/17




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It was a big night of special recognitions at the School District of Washington’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Board recognized the Washington High School boys soccer team along with staff members, Jana Monzyk, Elementary Gifted Facilitator, and Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts Teacher.

The WHS boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11. Click here for the story.

Jana Monzyk, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Awards and Recognition Banquet during the PLTW State Conference. Awards were given to outstanding teachers, counselors, and administrators as nominated by their peers.

Monzyk and Michelle Bobo, also an Elementary Challenge Facilitator, gave two presentations at the conference titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW K-5 Curriculum.” Click here for the story.

Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Click here for the story.

Photos from the special recognitions at the Board of Education meeting are below.


The Washington High School boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships. The players are pictured with members of the Board of Education.


Jana Monzyk, front row, second from left, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Dan Contarini, Monzyk, Susan Thatcher and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.


Stefanie Virgen, front row, second from right, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Susan Thatcher, Dan Contarini, Virgen and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/1/17




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The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Jan. 13, in the middle school gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The fee at the door is $15 for adults and $10 for students. A table of eight adults making an advanced reservation is $100.

Water, soda and chips will be provided. Pizza and desserts will be for sale. A silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates and event tickets.

The first-place team receives $200. The second-place team receives $100. There also will be a prize for the first-place student table.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction and the dessert table.

To reserve a table, call, text or email the boosters at 636-390-2908 or at abc600bluejay@gmail.com.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer for the Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters Trivia Night.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/30/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 29, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/29/17




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Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, are working hard on a DECA project with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins have already held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

A dine-to-donate will take place at Applebee’s in Washington December 6 from 4-9 p.m.

They will host a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they will raise money and hope to meet the family for the first time.

The goal for Frick and Hopkins is to raise $5,000. They are almost halfway there with over $2,000 already raised. The latest donation was over $800 from the Washington Police Department from their No-Shave November fundraiser. See the photo below.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $800 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA students Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who are raising money to send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Frick, left, and Hopkins are pictured in the front row. Back row, from left, representing the Washington Police Department, are Detective Sergeant Steve Sitzes, Chief Ed Menefee, Assistant Chief Captain Jim Armstrong, Lieutenant Mark Lindgren and Officer Doug Tollison.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/21/17




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Conlan Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Jarvis, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. He’s also a member of Rotary Interact, Junior Optimist and the National Honor Society. He holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

Jarvis is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS soccer, basketball and baseball teams.  

Jarvis plans on attending college, but hasn’t decided where. He’s the son of Craig and Tiffany Jarvis.

Kailey Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership and Junior Optimist. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the WHS senior class secretary, the captain of the Washington Police Explorers, and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Kailey is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Kailey plans to attend Missouri State University and major in either criminology or agriculture. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Olivia Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta and is President of the Junior Optimist Club. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the Editor-in-Chief of the Advocate (WHS student newspaper), and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Olivia is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Olivia plans to major in journalism in college. She hasn’t decided where she will go. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson were presented their student of the month plaques by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.


Conlan Jarvis is awarded his Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Kailey Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Olivia Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.

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Published: 11/21/17




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Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, School District of Washington Challenge Facilitators, gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

The presentation provided some of Bobo and Monzyk’s tried and true suggestions when implementing Launch.

Participants learned about ideas for organization, record-keeping, resources and insights to successfully and effectively facilitate Launch in their respective classrooms.

Bobo and Monzyk gave the presentation twice, both times to a standing-room-only crowd.

The conference brought together Missouri teachers, administrators, counselors and business partners to collaborate and share effective practices to help students develop the skills to become the future generation of problem solvers.
The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for PLTW and STEM training throughout the state of Missouri.

During the PLTW State Conference, awards were given to “outstanding” teachers, counselors, and administrators, as nominated by their peers. 

Monzyk received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the PLTW Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Each nominee was chose for their dedication and commitment.

"We appreciate all they do to inspire and engage students to be leaders of the future," said David Hosick, Project Lead the Way Senior Affiliate Director, Missouri S&T. "We applaud them for a job well done."

Jana Monzyk is a joy to have in the building and an inspiration to her students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “She is intelligent, creative, kind, and above all else, student centered. You can count on her to bring the relevance to student experiences in her classroom.” 

Missouri Project Lead the Way, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based program, offers 736 programs that affect nearly 900,000 students, K-12. 


Jana Monzyk, left, and Michelle Bobo gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

Monzyk also received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award during the conference.

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Published: 11/15/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/15/17




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Washington’s boys soccer season ended with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships.

And did the Blue Jays ever produce some incredible moments.

Washington (25-9) dropped a 1-0 decision to Parkway Central (21-8-1) in the Class 3 state championship game Saturday, Nov. 11, at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

“All and all, riding on the Mid-America bus, playing at this facility, getting to see the St. Louis FC locker room, the entire experience was very precious,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “We feel honored that we had the chance to be here. Not too many people get to experience what we experienced here. It’s been a great season, and we’re looking forward to another one.”

The only goal of the championship game came in the 54th minute when Parkway Central scored on a corner kick.  Adam Burnett booted in front of the net to Matthew Deay, who headed it in for a goal.

“In a lot of ways, we played our game plan. We just lost a mark in the corner kick situation that led to their one goal,” Schriewer said. “We found a little more rhythm in the second half. We figured out what our passing sequences should be based on their formation. We played pretty solid.”

The Blue Jays had scoring chances in the match, especially down the stretch, but couldn’t punch in the equalizer.

“Our guys made things very difficult for them toward the end of the game with our pressure. We fought until the end and created chances in the closing minutes,” Schriewer said. “We played a great defensive game, but just weren’t able to find the back of the net.”

Christian Longseth was in goal for the Blue Jays against Parkway Central, registering eight saves.

Conlan Jarvis fired four shots in the game. Gabe Lopez and Jake Fregalette both added two shots. Jared Lopez, Noah Bay and Jeremiah Collins each had one shot.

“Our seniors have been amazing. To watch them develop and the way they’ve handled themselves, they’re a special group. I’m sad to see them go,” Schriewer said.

“We had hundreds of students and hundreds of fans here supporting us in both games. We filled up two sections on the back side and we still had the student section behind us,” Schriewer added. “The school and the town really pulled together and rallied around this team. Kudos to our kids. They made things so special that we had so many people cheering for us.”

Semifinal Game Against Harrisonville

Washington’s semifinal game against Harrisonville on Friday, Nov. 10, was one for the ages.

Trailing 2-0 and playing a man down for 81 minutes due to a red card issued, the Blue Jays rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory in double overtime.

Washington tied the game 2-2 on goals by Conlan Jarvis and Jeremiah Collins, but the Wildcats reclaimed the lead 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Putting on severe offensive pressure, the Blue Jays tied the game 3-3 on a goal by Collins with seven seconds remaining on the clock.

“I saw the kid on my back. I knew he thought I was going to cut right because I’d been going right down that line trying to cross it for the whole game. So I just cut left,” Collins said. “I was a little selfish and took the shot. I knew I could put it in. The state semifinals, to get to the finals, that’s probably the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. We kept fighting the entire time. We didn’t stop. It was incredible.”

“It’s absolutely insane. We literally fought to the final seconds,” Schriewer said. “You never know what scenarios you’re going to be in. That’s what we talked about all week leading up to the game. I tried to share my experiences of being at the Final Four in the past, and I think that helped them mentally.”

With all of the momentum, Washington won the game in the second sudden-death overtime session on a goal by Jarvis, assisted by Jake Fregalette, in the 100th minute.

“Jake Fregalette beat a couple of guys on the wing and then he slid it across,” Jarvis said. “The ball was bouncing around, the goalie came out and I tried to do anything I could to get my foot on it and ended up putting it in. It was an amazing feeling.”

The game-winning goal by Jarvis tied Joe Morgan’s school record for most goals in a single season with 30.

“What a way to tie the record, scoring the winning goal to get to the state championship game,” Schriewer said. “Conlan is an amazing player. He’s so crafty. He’s smooth on the ball and is a real asset to us.”

Ottmar Escalante was in goal for Washington in the semifinal game, registering five saves.

Collins and Jarvis both had nine shots in the game.

“Jeremiah is a dynamic player,” Schriewer said. “He plays center back for his club team. He really wants to win, so he wants to be on that back line all the time. But we knew we needed to do something, so we moved him up. Clearly, he created more than enough chances to make a difference.”

Washington controlled possession against Harrisonville, even with a player short.

“It’s just the fight we have in us. We knew it was going to be tough, but we did everything we could to fight back and we ended up getting the win,” Jarvis said.

“We knew if we kept fighting and played our game, things would work out for us in the end,” Collins said. “They were getting tired. You could tell that after we came back from that two-goal deficit. We knew we had them.”

“Even after one half, we saw some of their guys getting fatigued. We felt like that could be a factor in the second half and if we got it to overtime,” Schriewer said. “We’re down 3-2 and a lot of teams would’ve given up at that point. Half of our guys were hobbling around, but they had no give-up in sight. We created a few chances in the last five minutes to potentially tie it, and didn’t put those away. But we finally got it with seven seconds to play.

“Our kids won’t ever forget this one. I’ll never forget the four-overtime game I was a part of. This double overtime and late-game equalizer, what a way to get a chance to play for a state championship. The kids deserve it.”

See the photos below of Washington's semifinal and state championship soccer contests.













Washington vs. Parkway Central


































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/14/17




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In the Aug. 2, 2016 election, voters passed a $15 million zero tax-rate increase bond issue proposed by the School District of Washington.

The majority of the issue was about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. Voter approval meant revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million lease ($1.5 million in annual payments paid from the Capital Projects fund) could be shifted to the general fund for operations. Of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, $13.66 million of it was not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.

Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.34 million) would be used to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades, along with some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic, and responsible.

“We sincerely appreciate the community’s support of the district,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

With the election a little over a year ago, the School District of Washington already has delivered on many of those improvement projects.

Prioritized Captial Needs

Completed – Replace roof sections at Labadie Elementary.

Completed – Restore metal roof at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Outside building repairs (tuck point, caulk, water proof paint) at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Restore roof section at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Roof construction above boiler room at Washington West Elementary.

Completed- Replace rear doors and 11 original windows at Washington Middle School.

Completed – HVAC replacement and replaced air conditioning unit in the gymnasium at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Door replacement on the north side of the building, tuck point and seal coat at Marthasville Elementary.

Completed – Masonry repair, spot tuck point and chimney repair at the District Office on Locust Street.

Completed – Masonry tuck point and seal coating to the building and clean and seal concrete walls at Four Rivers Career Center.

Pending (scheduled for completion) – Lagoon renovations by 2021 at Campbellton Elementary.

Safety and Security

Access controls have been installed on approximately 50 doors throughout the School District of Washington.

A total of 79 security cameras have been upgraded throughout the School District of Washington, including the installation of 18 new cameras.

Academic Space Improvements

With East Central College vacating building space at Four Rivers Career Center, a new space, known as the Confluence room, was created to accommodate the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.

The Confluence is a workspace assigned for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools.

Debt Restructuring

Also completed as promised is the converting of lease payments to the debt service fund by means of general obligation bonds to secure operational funding to maintain education services.

See the photos below of some of the completed projects within the School District of Washington as a result of voters passing the zero tax-rate bond issue in August of 2016.

Access Controls Added Throughout District








Security Cameras Upgraded, New Ones Installed













Middle School Metal Roof Restored





HVAC Replacement at Middle School





New Confluence Room at Four Rivers Career Center






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/14/17




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Washington High School, Washington Chapter of the National Honor Society and Washington’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) presented the annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Blue Jay Gym at WHS.

In attendance were the WHS student body and staff members, along with veterans, community leaders, school board members, district administrators, and other guests.

The featured speaker was Washington High School’s Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates. He was introduced by WHS student Anna Sullentrup.

During the assembly, each veteran in attendance was individually recognized, which was read by WHS student Jessica Frick. Other student speakers were Destinee Tidwell, Lydia Juengling and Amber Cunningham.

Also recognized, as a group, were the NJROTC students at WHS.

The Washington High School choir, band and orchestra also performed.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum gave closing comments, which was followed by a moment of silence, “Taps,” and the retiring of colors.

A reception with a catered breakfast for the veterans and other guests was held prior to the assembly.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/13/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Nov. 8, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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As part of the Title I and Title III program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title I and III programs, which are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math and to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. The TI & III-PAC will also include teacher and administrator representation.

With the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools have been allocated new federal funds, Title IV, Student Support and Academic Enrichment. These funds are to be utilized to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

To enable the SDOW to allocate these funds, input is needed from a variety of stakeholders. The PAC will be charged with providing such input.

SDOW parents are invited to be a part of the PAC to assist the School District of Washington in creating a quality program for our children. We are working on reviewing programing data and making decisions for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. in the Board Office of the School District of Washington, 220 Locust Street, Washington.

For parents interested in being a member of the Parent Advisory Committee, Please RSVP to Chris Marquart at 636-231-2005 or chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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With Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11,  buildings in the School District of Washington have scheduled Veterans Day programs Nov. 9, 10 and 13.

Washington High School

Washington High School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The featured speaker will be Washington High School's Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates.

There will be a reception for all Veterans beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the band room (Northington Lobby Entrance). Breakfast will be served.

Veterans should RSVP to Mary Rehmeier at 636-231-2200 or mary.rehmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Please include your branch of service.

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School will host its Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 13.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The program will honor all Veterans who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or Reserves. 

Refreshments will be served for Veterans before and after the assembly.

School District of Washington 2017 Veterans Day Programs

Nov. 9: Clearview Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:20 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: South Point Elementary; breakfast for Veterans in the library at 7:30 a.m. The assembly begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: Augusta Elementary; the program begins at 9 a.m.

Nov. 9: Washington West Elementary; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Campbellton Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 10: Labadie Elementary; refreshments for Veterans at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Washington High School; breakfast for Veterans in the Band Room at 7:30 a.m. The program begins in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Marthasville Elementary; the program begins at 2 p.m.

Nov. 13: Washington Middle School; the assembly begins at 9 a.m. Refreshments for Veterans before and after the assembly.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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The Washington High Choirs 2017 Madrigal Dinner, an evening of singing, food, raucous antics and holiday enjoyment.

The performances will take place at The Presbyterian Church, 4834 South Point Road in Washington.

Performances dates and times are Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.  

The cost is $20 per ticket, which includes a four-course meal and entertainment.  Bring spare change to purchase items from the townspeople.

Make checks payable to WHS Choir.

For more information and for ticket information, contact Jessie Patterson by email at Jessie.Patterson@washington.k12.mo.us.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to print the ticket order form.

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Published: 11/2/17




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The Washington High School cheerleading program will host a paint night fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 10, from 7-9 p.m.

The event will take place at the Washington VFW Hall, 813 Jefferson Street.

The painting session will begin at 7 p.m. and last for two hours. It’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes early to pay, get a drink and get seated.

The cost is $35 per person and included all supplies needed, such as brushes, easels and canvases.

Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

All proceeds benefit the WHS cheerleading program.

To reserve a space, contact Washmocheercoach@gmail.com. Click on the attached link below for the flyer.

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Published: 11/2/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/1/17




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Audition training sessions for Washington High School Winter Guard will be Monday, October 30, and Tuesday, October 31. Both days are 3:30 to 5 p.m.in the band room to learn audition material.

The Winter Guard Auditions will be Thursday, November 2, from 3:30-5 p.m.

All students grade 9-12 are welcome to come to the audition in the band room. Please come and be a part of a very successful group.

Click the link below for the flyer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/27/17




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The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening open house and ribbon cutting of the Washington Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, housed at the new Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The event was open to the community for individuals and businesses to visit with students in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship class, who meet in the Confluence on a daily basis.

The open house allowed visitors to see projects the students have been working on so far during the school year.

The Confluence not only is the everyday space for the CAPS Business students, but also hosts meetings in the space. Other FRCC programs collaborate within the space and outside business professionals use the space for their professional learning and meetings. Last week alone, there were 156 people from outside the district visit or use the Confluence.  

The CAPS business students are aspiring professionals learning in the most authentic ways possible. Across the hall is a space the school district plan to label the Jr. Confluence, where elementary students will engage in design, growth mindset and thinking in the year to come. The space is currently being prepared for students as district officials work to determine the program delivery model. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/27/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Foundation awarded 25 early bird teacher grants this fall (2017), totaling $3,187.

Since 1993, 1,023 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $471,480.89.

The teachers receiving the grant, the school where they work and their program are as follows:

Carla Campbell and Derick Heflin, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Lindsey Jasper and Adam Fischer, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Pathways to Community; College and Career Readiness

Colin Flynn, Washington High School, Graphic Novels for Struggling Readers

Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center, Literacy and learning With Felt Boards

Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Addition to Flexible Seating

Kimberly Fleer, Marthasville Elementary, Making Math Magical

Julia Young, Augusta Elementary, Sixth Grade Number Sense and Mental Math Skills

Maggie Butler, Marthasville and Augusta Elementary, Music Stands

Katie Fischer, South Point Elementary, Flexible Seating Balance Ball Chairs

Sara Bradshaw, Marthasville Elementary, Flexible Seating

Elizabeth Hobbs, Washington High School, Formative Assessment in Schoology

Suzanne Pelley, Washington High School, Pop Beads for Cell Division and Protein Synthesis

Lindsay Obermark, Washington West Elementary, Thinking Within, Beyond and About the Text-Guided Reading

Julie Grafrath and Molly Hanify, Washington West Elementary, Crigo Education Domino Resource Set

Jennifer Pecka, Labadie Elementary, Make Me a Makerspace

Trisha Ley, Washington West Elementary, Engaging Movers

Kaylin Bade, Washington Middle School, Theme and Literature With Traditional Texts

Ryan Leatherman, Washington High School, Biomedical Text Set

Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Wood Carts

Nicole Kottmann, Washington West Elementary, The 40 Book Challenge; Motivating Readers With Genre

Marie Dobson, Washington West Elementary, Guiding Readers to Comprehension

Chris Buenniger Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Leslie Ohse, Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Lori Mickelson, South Point Elementary, Measure for Measure

A photo of the WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/27/17




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The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program held a Career Night at the Four Rivers Career Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

There were 16 science, law enforcement and medical professionals on hand to present to biomedical science students, explaining their job functions and answering questions.

The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program is a nation-wide program that provides high school and their students the funding and resources to provide a strong learning foundation and a proven path to college and medical career success. 

Working with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, PLTW Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges.

Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.

Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication.

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.

The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. 

Photos from the PLTW Biomedical Career Day at the Four Rivers career Center are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




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The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Washington CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Open House on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center.

A ribbon cutting for the new CAPS Confluence room is scheduled for 5 p.m.

CAPS is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Business professionals and the public are invited to attend and get an opportunity to:

*Explore incubator space

*View student pitches and displays

*Recruit interns and employees

*Identify student/business partnerships.

Click on the attached link below for information on the Washington CAPS program.

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Published: 10/26/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 25, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/25/17




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The Four Rivers Career Center hosted its Pathways to Construction Day (Construction Careers Day) outside of the Nix Cafeteria at Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Representatives from St. Louis area construction companies and unions were on hand to give information and demonstrations about their industry.

WHS students visited the presentations during their respective math classes.

Part of the purpose was for the students to learn how math and other skills play an important role in the construction industry.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/23/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Thursday, Oct. 19, for parent teacher conferences in the afternoon and evening.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

There will be no school at the Early Learning Center on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20.

There will be no school for the entire district on Friday, Oct. 20.  

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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We have over $2,000 of donated goods we are raffling off to benefit Paige and her family!  You can buy tickets at Washington High School on Oct. 18 from 6-7 PM in the Northington Lobby, Oct. 19 from 2:30-7 in the Guidance Lobby, and Oct. 28 from 9-12:30 at the Walk for Paige event in Lion's Lake!  These are just a few of our baskets you can choose from!

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Parent-teacher conferences in the School District of Washington are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, which is a modified day for students.

The following day, Friday, Oct. 20, there will be no school for staff and students.

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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Published: 10/17/17




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The weight training program, run by physical education instructors at Washington High School, is growing by leaps and bounds.

With the inclusion of freshmen to the program last year, the number of high school students in the weight training program has increased significantly. Both athletes and non-athletes participate.

Weight training classes at Washington High School currently have over 200 students in grades 9-12, taught by Matt Kroeter, Kym Blankenship and Grant Young. Courses are split into sessions per class period.

Included in the program are a weight class, a fitness class, yoga, piyo, turbo kick and body pump.

The weight class features Rack Performance strength and conditioning software that helps make workouts more efficient, to improve workout dynamics, and to include more strength components in a short time frame while still allowing muscle recovery between sets.

Workouts are designed with a warmup, a SWOD (strength workout of the day), and a CWOD conditioning of the day. CWOD’s are cardo and crossfit based strength finishers.

Yoga is workout plan than can help achieve lasting results of better body strength and flexibility with workouts aimed at improving balance, strength and power. Yoga is famous for reducing stress with a quiet but targeted exercise program.

Piyo is a total-body fitness system. It combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help build strength, lose weight and increase flexibility.

Body pump is a workout that challenges all of the muscle groups by using weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, lifts and curls. Body pump focuses on high repetition movements with low weight loads.

Turbo kick is a cardio workout that is a mix of kickboxing and simple dance grooves set to heart pounding dance music.

See photos below of the different classes offered in the weight training program at Washington High School.

Weight Class







Piyo Workout








Body Pump Workout








Lady Jays Fitness Class



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Washington High School will host a Parent Speaker Series at the CJB Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic will be student driving.

Representatives from First Impact, a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, will give a parent presentation. Parents and students are welcome to attend.

Registration for the free event is not necessary, despite what the attached flyer might suggest.

The goal of First Impact is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s GDL law.

First Impact will help parents understand teen driving risks, enforcement and monitoring of GDL law, and serving as a positive role model.

Click on the attached link below for more details.

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A reminder there will be a modified day for students on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for a staff professional work day in the afternoon.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school for the remainder of the day. Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Oct. 11.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

Click on the links below for modified day procedures and the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival took place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival featured a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays gave exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions.

More than 2,000 students from 37 schools competed in the Band Festival.

Click on the attached links below for results from the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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The Washington High School Theatre Guild and ITS Troupe No. 4233 present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed Nov. 9-11 at the CJB Auditorium on the WHS campus.

The times for Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, are at 7:30 p.m. There are two performances on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thirty minutes before each performance, Belle and her friends will be available for treats and pictures for a $5 admission, which does not include admission to the performance.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for ages 12 and under and $10 for ages 13 and older.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Penny Wilmesherr at Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or by e-mail to Kerry Holtmeier at kerry.holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Tickets also can be purchased at the door if the performance is not sold out.

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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival features a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions. They are not eligible for awards.

The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Washington will be the last entry in the parade and should step off at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street and end at Sunnyside.

The Washington Marching Blue Jays will perform on the field at approximately 9:05 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information, including a schedule, on the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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Published: 10/6/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 4, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Published: 10/4/17




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The Washington High School Jaywalkers dance team and varsity cheerleaders are hosting a family trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the WHS Nix Cafeteria.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student. There will be 10 players per table.

Pay at the door or pre-payment can be dropped off at the WHS Activities Office. Please label WHS Cheer/Dance Trivia Night. Spaces can be reserved and questions directed to washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Water and soda will be available for purchase. Popcorn will be provided. Feel free to bring your own food and drink. Alcohol is not allowed.

All proceeds will be divided between the Jaywalkers and the cheerleaders for their trip to Nationals in February.

Click on the attached link below for more information.

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The Washington School Districts’ WINGS Educational Foundation inducted its ninth class to the Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Washington Elks.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

The 2017 honorees were the late Carolyn Shotwell, who received the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who received the Alumni Award, and Andrea Rau, who received the Community Contributor Award.

A formal dinner to honor the recipients was held followed by a reception with the Steve Leslie Band performing.

ABC News Correspondent and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau, daughter of Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau, served as master of ceremonies.
WINGS members Carol Zanin and Brad Mitchell were recognized for their years of service.

It was also announced that the WINGS endowment fund has reached over $1 million.

See the bios of each honorary below.

Photos from the event are below.

Carolyn Shotwell – Educator Award

Carolyn (Veatch) Shotwell was born July 20, 1911, to Charles and Julia Veatch in Keytesville, MO. The oldest of three daughters, Carolyn grew up in Harrison, AR, and the St. Louis area.

A talented violinist as a youngster, Carolyn gave her first solo recital at age seven at a concert hall. During her childhood, she studied with violinists from the St. Louis Symphony. She completed Soldan high school at the age of 16 and attended Washington University, St. Louis.

Carolyn transferred to Central College in Fayette where she was a member of the orchestra and Phi Beta music fraternity. She completed her bachelor of arts degree in music in 1931 at the age of 19 and did graduate work at Juilliard/Columbia University, New York and Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

In 1931, Carolyn moved to Washington to teach English, instrumental music and physical education at the public schools. Her new job also included National Honor Society sponsor, coaching volleyball and starting an orchestra at the “old” high school on Locust Street. The orchestra helped form the nucleus of the Washington Civic Orchestra in 1934.

In 1936 she married William C. Shotwell, a project manager and agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Soil Conservation. They moved to Fulton in 1938 and Clinton in 1942 before returning to Washington in 1948. They had four daughters: Carolyn, Marilyn, Julianne and Annette.

Carolyn taught a total of 24 years in the Washington School District. From 1953 to 1971, she was a teacher of English I, II, and IV (English Literature), class sponsor,

student council sponsor, and AIFS English Foreign Travel Group Leader.

She was known for her love of teaching English literature, incorporating college prep skills and critiquing the great English writers.

Carolyn was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Washington where she was an ordained elder and a member of the Women’s Association, Church Circle, and Craft Guild. She also received the Presbyterian Celebration of Aging Award.

Carolyn performed in the Washington Civic Orchestra as Concertmaster and Soloist, the Washington String Trio, the ECC Pit Orchestra and at other local events. She was a member of the ECC Foundation and the Patron of the Arts. She was also a member of Chapter CD of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Washington Historical Society, and the Fortnightly Reading Club, American Association of

University Women, and various other organizations.

In 2001 Carolyn was honored as a “Living Legend” at Washington High School’s 100th anniversary graduation. One month later, Carolyn passed away on June 15, 2001 at the age of 89.

Carolyn Shotwell’s family includes her four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and John Wolff, Leawood, KS; Marilyn and Tom Miller, Webster Groves and

Washington; Julie and Jim Perry, Washington; Annette and Ken Bebermeyer, Washington; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

 

Rocky Sickmann, Alumni Award

Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann graduated from Washington High School in 1976 and immediately entered the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1979, just 28 days into his tour of duty at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Sickmann became a player in one of the most terrifying events in U.S. history.

On Nov. 4, 1979, after months of turmoil marked by the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the American Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militants and its employees taken captive. Sergeant Rocky Sickmann, then just 22, was one of 65 Americans taken hostage. Sickmann remained a hostage for 444 days before being released on Jan. 21, 1981 following 14 months of diplomacy by President Jimmy Carter.

Three months later, Sickmann was Honorably Discharged after 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and received several accolades during his service including the Prisoner of War Medal, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Award of Valor, and Good Conduct Medal.

Sickmann’s personal diary, “Iranian Hostage: A Personal Diary of 444 Days in Captivity” is also the only known diary to have been smuggled out of Iran and published. The diary is no longer in publication. Following the military, he began working in advertising for KMOX radio in St. Louis, Mo. and then entered the private sector for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He spent the next 34 years with the company, most recently as the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs, until his retirement in July 2016.

As the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sickmann oversaw all Military Special Events, Military and Industry Trade Media Publications, and National Industry Trade Shows. Throughout his career at Anheuser-Busch, Sickmann also played a key role in increasing Anheuser-Busch’s market penetration among the Military by training wholesalers, coordinating marketing and publicity, executing national sales promotions, and planning special military events. Sickmann helped coordinate the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” which salutes the men and women of the armed forces, allowing Americans to show their support for the troops via recorded messages filmed on location at community events, celebrations, and festivals nationwide and shared with U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Personally and professionally, Sickmann has been fortunate to share his story on many different platforms, including ABC News, ESPN, Fox & Friends, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, NFL Time Line Series, The New York Times, to the cast of the Oscar award-winning film Argo (starring Ben Affleck), national and local Veteran and Military organizations, and educational institutions across the country.

In August 2016, Sickmann’s military and professional experience, coupled with his passion for our armed forces, led him to pursue an opportunity with his favorite non-profit organization: Folds of Honor. In this new role, Sickmann helps advance the Folds mission: To stand in the financial gap of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by war, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation.

Sickmann and his wife (36 Years), Jill, have three children, Hannah (Hannah Wehrle, Granddaughter Lela, Grandson Rhett and husband Matt Wehrle), Chelsea (Chelsea Frese, Grandson Woodson and husband Kalen Frese) and Spencer, and three grandchildren.

 

 

Andrea Rau – Community Contributor Award

Andrea was raised in Jefferson City, graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1973.

She went on to graduate from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1978, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

During and after graduation from nursing school, she worked in the Burn Intensive Care Unit from 1975-1980. She transferred to the Trauma Center in 1980 and worked there for three years. During that time, she was promoted to manager of the Emergency Department. She was key in developing and staffing the Trauma Helicopter program.

While working in the ER she met her future husband, Mike Rau. There were married in 1981. They had a whirlwind year in 1983 with the birth of their first child in April, Mike’s graduation from medical school in May, and a move to St. Louis in June. Mike completed his residency in Internal Medicine, and Andrea worked in the Burn Unit at what was then St. John’s Hospital.

Mike and Andrea moved to Washington and started a medical practice in 1986. Adam and Megan had joined the family by this time, followed by the birth of Emily two years later, and Matt in 1989. Andrea served as PTC president at South Point and Washington West schools. At one point, the Rau’s four children were attending four different schools. Volunteering in the schools laid the foundation to a greater understanding of teachers’ needs, so Andrea eagerly signed up for the chance to help create a foundation to support teachers and students: The School District of Washington’s Foundation for Educational Excellence, now known as WINGS.

Andrea was an instrumental part of establishing the WINGS Endowment Fund and currently serves on its board.

During that time, Andrea was also active in Academic Boosters, Band Boosters, the Athletic Association and Washington Swim Team. She served on the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen committee from 1987-1996, and helped revive the tradition of a Fair Parade in 1994.

For almost 30 years, Andrea has been an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization that promotes women’s education through scholarships, grants and loans.

Andrea also helped establish the Annual Melanoma Miles for Mike Walk/Run, raising funds to fight melanoma and giving talks about sun safety. Andrea shares her passion for honoring veterans by serving as a guardian for Franklin County Honor Flight. She also served on the board of Missouri Pathfinders, raising funds to build the Disabled American Veterans Memorial in Union.

Andrea is an avid gardener and recently completed the Master Gardener classes. She helped coordinate the renovation of the Heritage Railroad Park in Downtown Washington. She loves to spend time fishing on the family farm. She and her husband are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Raus have four, fourth-generation Mizzou graduates. Adam and wife Meagan recently welcomed their first child, Molly. Adam earned an MBA and works in property management and development and his wife, Meagan is a veterinarian. Megan Rau is a Geriatrics and Palliative Care physician and instructor at New York University. Emily is a broadcast journalist, currently working for ABC News. Matt is an officer in the Missouri National Guard and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs.


Pictured are 2017 WINGS Educational Foundation Hall of Honor inductees, along with WINGS members and School District of Washington staff. Seated, from left, are Annette Bebermeyer, Carolyn Wolff, Julie Perry and Marilyn Miller (family members accepting in behalf of Carolyn Shotwell, Educator Award). Standing, from left, are WINGS members Teresa Brockman, Casey Zastrow, Amy Oesterly, Cindy Lohmeyer and Ruthann Smith, Hall of Honor inductee Rocky Sickmann (Alumni Award), School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau (Community Contributor Award), and WINGS members Janie Chalem, Carol Zanin, Brad Mitchell, Nancy Wood and Rich Buckman.


Rocky Sickmann, second from left, with his siblings.


Rocky Sickmann, seated right, with his family.


Andrea Rau, seated second from right, with her family.


Carolyn Shotwell’s family.


Past WINGS grant recipients from the School District of Washington.


Emily Rau, left, and Carol Zanin.


Susan Harms, left, and Carol Zanin.


Dr. Lori VanLeer recognizes Brad Mitchell for his years of service to WINGS.

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Published: 10/2/17




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Seven students from Washington High School made All-District Choir during the recent audition at Hillsboro High School.

WHS took 13 students to the audition and seven of them were selected for all-district honors, which is the most for the school in four years.

Additionally, three students scored in the top 20 percent and are eligible for All-State auditions.

Washington’s All-District Choir students are Madison Beaver (top 20 percent), Jordan Tullock (top 20 percent), Ethan Fields (top 20 percent), Molly Eckelkamp, Levi Weber, Ethan King and Ezra Miles.


Pictured are Washington High School All-District Choir students. Front row, from left, are Levi Weber, Jordan Tullock, Ethan King and Ethan Fields. Back row, from left, are Madison Beaver, Ezra Miles and Molly Eckelkamp.

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Published: 10/2/17




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Nine students from Washington High School were recognized by the School District of Washington’s Board of Education for attending Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer.

The recognition took place during the Board’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The 78th session of Missouri Boys State took place June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Girls State also took place in June at the University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Boys and Girls State is a week-long hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. It draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Representing WHS at Boys State were Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Representing WHS at Girls State were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson, Emmy Hopkins and Lulu Lynch.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys and Girls State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

At Boys State, Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

At Girls State, Olivia Robinson was the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper produced at the event.

At the Board of Education meeting, each student spoke about their experience and was given a certificate of recognition. See the photos below.


The School District of Washington’s Board of Education recognized Washington High School students who attended Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer. Front row is Board President Kevin Blackburn and Girls State attendees Emmy Hopkins, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Boys State attendees Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong and Ty Rinne. Back row, from left, are Board members John Freitag, Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne, Trish Mitchell and Susan Thatcher. Not shown are Board member Dan Contarini and State attendees Zach Harms, Matt Ruth and Lulu Lynch.


Cason Suggs with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Jonathan Amlong with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Ty Rinne with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Kailey Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Olivia Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Emmy Hopkins with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.








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Published: 9/29/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 27, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Published: 9/27/17




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Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hill and Sullentrup have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

To be considered for the merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

The semifinalists were chosen based on their scores in last fall’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken by about 1.6 million high school juniors. They represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, based on scores, academic and extracurricular records, recommendations and essays. Finalists will be notified in February.

About half the finalists will win a scholarship, either a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation.

Hill will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University next fall. Sullentrup will attend the University of Missouri and major in pre-med.

Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Published: 9/27/17




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Homecoming festivities at Washington High School concluded with the football game and dance on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition to the varsity football game between the Blue Jays and Ft. Zumwalt South, a number of activities took place during the evening:

The WHS Jaywalkers and Mini-Jaywalkers performed a dance routine;

The WHS Choir sang the national anthem with the NJROTC presenting the colors;

The WHS alumni band performed with the Marching Blue Jays;

The WINGS Hall of Honor inductees were recognized;

The Homecoming Court was introduced.

Washington lost the football game to Ft. Zumwalt South, 42-6.

Following the game at the homecoming dance, WHS seniors Cason Suggs and Nichole Brinker were crowned king and queen.

Photos below are from the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 22.































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Published: 9/26/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation will holds its Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Elks Lodge in Washington.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

The 2017 honorees are Carolyn Shotwell, who will receive the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who will receive the Alumni Award; and Andrea Rau, who will receive the Community Contributor Award.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The program follows dinner. The cost is $50 per person.

News anchor and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, contact Susan Harms 636-359-1452.

Click on the attached links below for the Washington’s WINGS Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration invitation and RSVP form.

 

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Published: 9/22/17




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As part of Homecoming Week festivities at Washington High School, the annual powder puff football game between the senior and junior girls took place at Scanlan Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The players dressed in pink and purple jerseys and had an enjoyable time playing in the flag-football contest.

Some of the WHS male students served as the coaches.

The seniors won the powder puff game over the juniors, 15-12.

The powder puff game was sponsored by No Excuses with proceeds going toward that program at WHS.

Photos from the game are below. The seniors are in pink jerseys and the juniors are in purple jerseys.






























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Published: 9/21/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Parade took place on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

Many different clubs, organizations and fall sports teams at WHS and the School District of Washington were represented in the parade, which began at Main and Cedar and ended at the high school.

The Homecoming football game between Washington and Ft. Zumwalt South is Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

Pictures below are from the Washington High School Homecoming Parade.







































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Published: 9/21/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 20, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Published: 9/20/17




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Washington High School’s Leadership Class is busy planning and hosting various activities and events for the 2017-18 school year.

WHS Leadership students are Student Council members who serve as the committee chairs for STUCO events such as assemblies, Homecoming, Dig for a Difference, Courtwarming, Mr. WHS, the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, and many more.

This year’s Leadership officers are:

Lexi Hendricks (President);

Jonathan Amlong (Vice President),

Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer);

Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary);

Kailey Robinson (Public Relations);

Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).

Other Leadership students are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem, Kamryn Mitchell, Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.

The Leadership advisors are Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker.

See the photo below of the 2017-18 WHS Leadership students.


WHS Leadership Students

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership students. Front row, from left, are Lexi Hendricks, Jonathan Amlong, Bria Hasenjaeger, Abbey Jinkerson, Lauren Ancell and Kailey Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp and Tess Marquart. Back row, from left, are Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem and Kamryn Mitchell. Not pictured are Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.


WHS Leadership Officers

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership officers. Front row is Jonathan Amlong (Vice President). Back row, from left, are Kailey Robinson (Public Relations), Lexi Hendricks (President), Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer), Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary) and Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/20/17




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Cason Suggs (Washington High School) and Trevion Harvey (Four Rivers Career Center) recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month.

Harvey, a senior at St. Clair High School, is in the automotive technology program at FRCC and is a student ambassador. He’s also a member of the St. Clair wrestling team.

Following graduation, Harvey plans to join the United States Marine Corps. He’s the son of Mary Richardson.

Suggs is the Senior Class President at Washington High School. He’s a member of National Honor Society, Principal’s Advisory Council, the Leadership class, and the CAPS Business program, which is for students who show a propensity for business, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Suggs was chosen to attend Missouri Boys State this past summer. During his time there, he was elected Governor, the Missouri Boys State top honor, which comes with a monetary scholarship to go toward the college of his choice.

​As Governor, is was confirmed that Suggs is the only young man chosen for that role from Franklin County in the 70 plus years of the existence of the program.

Cason also is a member of the WHS boys basketball team. He plans to attend college on a basketball scholarship. He’s the son of Ron and Cassandra Suggs.

Suggs and Harvey were presented their student of the month plaques by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.


Cason Suggs is presented his student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Trevion Harvey is presented his student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/18/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Week is Sept. 18-22 with the football game and dance scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22. The football Blue Jays take on Ft. Zumwalt South at 7 p.m.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Out of This World.” 

The Homecoming Court will be introduced at halftime of the game with Coronation at the dance following the game.

Homecoming dance tickets for students will be on sale starting Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, in Northington Lobby before school.

The Homecoming Court is as follows:

Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker;

Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins;

Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin;

Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling;

Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir;

Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem;

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock;

Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson.

The Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. It will begin on Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street to Sunnyside and to Washington High School.

Also as part of the Homecoming festivities, the annual WHS Powder Puff football game between the juniors and seniors, sponsored by No Excuses, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 20, starting at 6 p.m. A bonfire will follow at the 14th Street practice field at approximately 7:30 p.m.

September 18-22 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday – Black Out
Tuesday – Tie Dye
Wednesday – Jersey Day
Thursday – Throwback to the 80s
Friday - Blue Jay Pride.

Photos of the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court are below.


Pictured is the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court. Front row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Lydia Lock, Lydia Juengling, Zach Harms, Emma Krajcir and Brandon Repp. Middle row, from left, are Colton Bunkley, Emmy Hopkins, Colleen Kuchem, Nichole Brinker, Olivia Robinson, Olivia Jacquin and Cameron Briggs. Back row, from left, are Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Griffin Tinkey.




Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson


Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir


Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin


Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker


Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins


Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/15/17




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Senate Bill 638 (2016) required the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative that includes information for schools and parents regarding the trauma-informed approach and a guide for schools on how to become trauma-informed schools.

The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.

Purpose: To ensure that agencies do no harm; to assess the implementation of basic principle of trauma-informed approaches in various organizational settings; to develop a common language and framework for discussion; and to help increase the effectiveness of services, wherever and whatever they are, by increasing awareness of trauma.

Application: To a very wide range of settings, including but not limited to behavioral health services.

Use:

*Not for formal evaluation or certification, but for informational purposes

*To help anyone who is interested (clients, advocates, other agencies, etc.) determine whether a particular agency or setting is meeting basic criteria for integration of trauma principles

*To help agencies identify where they are on the continuum and where they want to be. Organizations can choose the appropriate place on the continuum based on their needs and setting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/14/17




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The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the middle school gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The fee at the door is $15 for adults and $8 for students. A table of eight adults making an advanced reservation is $100.

Water, soda and chips will be provided. Pizza and desserts will be for sale. A silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates and event tickets.

The first-place team receives $200. The second-place team receives $100. There also will be a prize for the first-place student table.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction and the dessert table.

To reserve a table, call, text or email the boosters at 636-390-2908 or at abc600bluejay@gmail.com.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer for the Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters Trivia Night.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/12/17




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There will be no school for students on Wednesday, Sept. 13, due to a staff professional development day.

Click on the attached link below to see the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/12/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, September 6, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/6/17




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GSA meets the first Friday of every month in Mrs. Hobbs' room

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Published: 9/5/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 30, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/30/17




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Franklin County was in the path of a total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be on April 8, 2024.

Pictures from Monday’s total solar eclipse taken from the School District of Washington Office on Locust Street are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 23, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/17




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A theater boot camp for all interested Washington High School students will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the CJB Auditorium.

The boot camp is an opportunity for students to audition or be tech for the fall musical, “Beauty and the beast.”

Auditions take place Thursday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the CJB.

Kerry Holtmeier, Theater Director at Washington High School, will run the boot camp. High school students interested in theater are encouraged to attend.

The boot camp will include:

*Learning and practicing the songs for auditions;

*Learning and practicing scenes for auditions;

*Learning and practicing choreography;

*Explore all the possibilities in technical theater, such as sound, lights, set and house.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer on the theater boot camp and audition application form.

For more information on the WHS Theater Boot Camp, contact Kerry Holtmeier at Kerry.Holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/17/17




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A reminder that the School District of Washington will be closed Monday, Aug. 21, for the total solar eclipse.

Each student will be coming home with eclipse glasses and an informational flyer on proper usage of the eye wear when viewing the eclipse. 

Should your student arrive home with only the glasses, the informational document can be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

Please know that some sources are stating that taking a picture of the eclipse with a cell phone may damage the internal parts of the phone. 

Also, if your child is planning on attending the City of Washington's Total Solar Eclipse event at the fairgrounds, it is advisable for them to bring their own eclipse glasses, as the supply available at the event may be limited.  

More information about the City of Washington’s eclipse events can be be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/17/17




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Freshman orientation took place at Washington High School on Monday, Aug. 14.

There are approximately 330 freshman students enrolled at WHS for the 2017-18 school year.

Katie Sandoval, guidance counselor at WHS, served as the master of ceremonies. Guidance staff members also helped with the orientation.

There also were approximately 60 Link Crew members on hand, who are juniors and seniors at WHS helping with the orientation.

The freshmen gathered in the Blue Jay Gymnasium for the introduction, games and activities before breaking off into groups to go through the school with Link Crew students.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/16/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 16, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. The middle school and high school will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/16/17




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The School District of Washington held its opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 11, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students return to the classroom for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Back in Rhythm,” emphasizing getting back in rhythm for the new school year.  

Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with singing and dancing performances during the ceremony.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also addressed the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

Also speaking were Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer on behalf of WINGS Educational Foundation and South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty on behalf of the United Way.

Additionally, Dawn Martin, secretary at Augusta Elementary, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.


Augusta Elementary Secretary Dawn Martin, holding plaque, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Dawn Martin, Casey Zastrow (WINGS) and Teresa Brockman (WINGS).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/15/17




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The Total Solar Eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. 

Due to recent statements issued by MODOT and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and after meeting with our local transportation provider and Washington emergency management personnel regarding the possible number of visitors making their way to Franklin county and surrounding counties on this day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, August 21. 

The event is to conclude precisely during our elementary dismissal times and thus our buses could be significantly delayed. By law, kindergarten and first grade students must have an adult present at their bus stops upon drop off; traffic congestion could create an issue in that regard for parents, and such delays impact both our elementary and secondary routes. 

Due to the unknowns pertaining to this once in a lifetime event, it is impossible for us to predict what may happen; therefore, we agree with our local emergency management and transportation personnel regarding “erring on the side of caution.” 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue using the Total Solar Eclipse as a learning opportunity in our classrooms with lessons and other activities leading up to and proceeding the event.

Safety solar eclipse glasses will still be available for students to take home for viewing the eclipse. We strongly encourage parents to go over the safety information with their kids. We apologize for any confusion on this matter and thank you for your cooperation. 

We will make up this missed school day on Friday, May 18.

Timing and Information for Washington, MO

Washington, MO Three-Day Eclipse Celebration

Video: What Is a Solar Eclipse?

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse Eye Safety

Great American Eclipse

University of Missouri - Eclipse 2017

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/10/17




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Washington High School Link Crew students met on Monday, Aug. 7, at the CJB Theater to prepare for freshman orientation.

There are approximately 60 Link crew students, made up of juniors and seniors at WHS, who play a major role in helping with freshman orientation and also welcoming new students during the course of the school year.

WHS counselors ran the Link crew meeting, going over with the students the different activities that will be a part of freshman orientation.

Following a session in the Blue Jay Gymnasium with the entire class, the freshmen students will then be divided into several smaller groups with the Link crew students, where they will head to various classrooms and participate in different games and activities.

WHS freshman orientation takes place Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m.

Photos of the Link Crew meeting are below, where they worked on activities they will share with freshmen during orientation.  














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/7/17




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In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, open houses/device deployment have been scheduled throughout buildings in the School District of Washington.

The open houses provide students and parents a chance to meet faculty members of their respective school and tour the building.

The first day of the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.

See the list below for dates and times of the open houses in the School District of Washington.

Thursday, Aug. 10

South Point Elementary: Kindergarten from 5-6 p.m. Grades 1-6 from 6-7 p.m.

Washington West Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-7 p.m.

Campbellton Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Labadie Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Marthasville Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades 5-6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14

Four Rivers Career Center: 4-7 p.m.

Augusta Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades K-4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Early Learning Center: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Washington Middle School: 5:30-7 p.m. Seventh-grade parent meeting in the gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Washington High School: Grades 9-12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/7/17




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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington took place July 31-August 3.

Students and parents finalized their enrollment for the upcoming school year during the process. They also were given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

There will be a make-up registration date for the high school on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

The middle school doesn’t have a specific make-up day for registration. The best thing to do is go to the middle school August 7-11 during normal school hours. Try to avoid the morning of August 9.

Photos of high school and middle school students receiving their chromebooks during registration are below.

The first day of the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/4/17




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New Teacher Orientation for 2017-18 in the School District of Washington took place Monday, July 31, to Wednesday, August 2, at the Technology and Learning Center.

The group of teachers had a full agenda for the three-day event. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann ran the training session.

Rob Landers, Larissa Bray and Rekke Berges from the SDOW’s technology department helped with training.

See the photos below of the 2017-18 new teachers in the School District of Washington.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School and Middle School new teachers. Front row, from left, are Amy Fecke, Katelyn Dery, Rebecca Ragle, Sarah Riley, Leslie Ohse and Theresa McGowan. Back row, from left, are Tim Gates, Jacob Bisaillon, Travis Tompson, Ben Hornback, Ben Strauser and Debi Miller.  


Elementary and Early Learning Center

Pictured are 2017-18 elementary and Early Learning Center new teachers. Front row, from left, Julie Thornton, Stefanie Combs, Katrina Siefert, Sarah Bayless, Kayla Keating, Terri Mruzik, Lisa Obermark, Mandy Eckelkamp and Sara Bradshaw. Middle row, from left, are Linda Jasper, Jennifer Boyce, Jamie Knight, Shauna Jackson, Amanda Rossini, Lisa Nadler, Jessica North and Kathryn Milberg. Back row, from left, are Jillian VanLeer, Amber Carroll, Kyle Woodsmall, Julia McDonald, Stephanie Friesz, Olivia Wiegmann and Kara Loucks.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/1/17




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Washington High School students Olivia Robinson of the Advocate Newspaper, along with Jaden Heien and Molly Eckelkamp of Blue Jay Journal TV, recently attended the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Celebrating its 47th year, the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop welcomed 40 students from 16 states and Costa Rica for a seminar that immerses them in the Missouri method.

Over the course of the seven-day workshop, the students learned and used multimedia reporting skills to cover innovation and technology.

“This is a huge honor for our school district to have these three young women represent us at this esteemed workshop,” said Michelle Turner, Blue Jay Journal TV advisor.

Learn more about the students’ work at the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the by clicking the links below.

Main page and overall site the students created: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/


The workshop's mission - what the kids did: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/stories/mujw-students-cover-technology-with-multimedia-lens/

 

Molly's Bio with Link to what she worked on:  https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/molly-eckelkamp/


Olivia's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/olivia-robinson/

 

Jaden's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/jaden-heien/

 

Here's a storify about the workshop created by BJJTV: https://storify.com/BlueJayJournal/missouri-urban-journalism-workshop-2017


Washington High School students attending the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop were, from left, Jaden Heien, Molly Eckelkamp and Olivia Robinson.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/31/17




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The Washington Town and Country Fair Parade took place on Sunday, July 30.

The parade kicked off the festivities for the 2017 Fair, which runs August 2-6.

Groups representing the School District of Washington in the parade included the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays, Jaywalkers dance team, cheerleaders, Future Farmers of America and WINGS.

Click on the link below for more information on the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Photos from the parade can be seen below.


































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/31/17




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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington takes place July 31-Aug. 3.

Students will get the opportunity to finalize their enrollment for the upcoming school year and will be given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

High school registration takes place in the Nix cafeteria. Please enter through the lower level Nix entrance. The times for all four days are 8:30-11:30 a.m. for last names A-K and 12:30-3:30 p.m. for last names L-Z.

WHS registration dates are:

*Monday, July 31 - 10th Grade;

*Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 9th Grade;

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 12th Grade;

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 11th Grade.

Students trying out for sports may register after practice. Parents with students in multiple grades may choose one date to attend.

The make-up registration day for all high school grades is Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

Freshmen Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m. at the high school. All freshmen should plan to attend.

Middle school registration takes place August 2 and 3.

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 8th Grade from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 7th Grade from 8:30-11 a.m. (last names A-K) and 12:30-3 p.m. (last names L-Z).

Seventh-grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. All seventh-grade students should plan to attend and meet in the middle school gymnasium.

The first day of the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Click the link below for the enrollment and registration page, which includes back to school information, open house dates and school supply lists.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/27/17




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James Hellebusch, a senior-to-be at Washington High School, was one of 24 students representing 20 high schools who received hands-on lessons in the ever-changing world of precision agriculture technologies at the second annual AgriVision Equipment Precision Agriculture Summer Academy June 20-22 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Northwest Missouri faculty and AgriVision staff lad the instruction as students explored the use of global positioning systems (GPS), auto-guidance technology, precision application, remote sensing, geographic information systems and data collection management.

Students are selected for the summer academy on the basis of an application and reference letters. Participating students are entering either their junior or senior years in high school and are active members of a 4-H club or FFA chapter.

Click on the attached link below for the complete press release on the Summer Precision Agriculture Academy.

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Published: 7/24/17




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Summer school for 2017 in the School District of Washington has been completed with an encouraging amount of success to the newly implemented program.

The overall theme was SOAR! Elevate to New Heights, giving students an opportunity to “soar” this summer through hands-on learning and courses that delve into math, science and reading.

Elementary students had the opportunity to choose a morning or afternoon option, attend for one week or two, or any combination of scheduling.

“The response was good. The kids really liked it. The difference was they had projects where they got to explore their learning. They have a topic and they could go with it in whatever direction they wanted. It’s almost all-hands-on projects, which made things fun for them,” said Washington West Elementary Principal Kim Hunt. “The staff noticed a big difference in the kids. With the kids doing what they wanted to do, they were more excited about what they were doing.”  

Students could experience an area of their interest, whether science, fine arts or mixing and matching.

Some of the courses offered included Fantastic Five Senses, Calling All Superheroes, Under the Sea, Happy Habits, Community Helpers, Cultural Paradise, Inventing a Better Tomorrow, Mad Scientist, Health and Fitness Fanatic, Extra! Extra! and many more.

Clearview Elementary teacher Amy Crow offered the experience of her and her students from summer school.

“My students (4th-6th grade at Clearview) enjoyed summer school. I asked them what specifically they liked and this was their answer; ‘We like summer school because you get to do fun, hands-on projects every day. During the school year, you don't have time to do that.’ "

Crow said some of the favorites from summer school included making tar pit models while learning about preserved remains during the Digging Dinos unit, the Gummy Bear Lab in which they put gummy bears in different solutions to see what happens, and the Ant Restaurant during the Mad Scientist unit.

“That was a big hit with the students,” Crow said about the Ant Restaurant. “We recorded observations every 15 minutes and concluded ants are attracted to sugar and repelled by lemon juice. They were shocked how quickly the ants covered the food. Cheese was the most popular food at our ant restaurants and they didn't care for corn starch at all.”

Washington West Elementary teachers Molly Hanify and Marie Dobson had similar experiences in their classrooms, saying the students responded well to the new program.

“The students definitely were more engaging this summer compared to past summers. The students in my class had a good time working on their project and working together to create a town. They worked on different parts of the community and we brought it all together to build the community,” Hanify said. “In my room, we just did the one big project. But we did planning, which goes into the project, so it was kind of like a step-by-step process. Every day we worked to get to the final goal to put it all together.”

Hanify said the response from students and parents was good.

“The attendance was a lot better. It also was smaller class sizes, which helped with the projects we worked on, to keep everyone here and focus on our goal in the end,” Hanify said. “I’ve talked to some parents and they said nothing but great things about what happened in the classroom during the time from dropping their students off to picking them up.”

“I loved teaching the new SOAR summer school program,” Dobson said. “I made insects and slime with my third graders and Tsunami and earthquake proof structures with my fifth and sixth graders, along with much, much more.”

There were over 400 elementary students in summer school this year, which doubled the amount from last year.

“We offered some really exciting learning opportunities this summer,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann. “The kids still learned specific skills, but because it was hands-on and with different themes, it was a lot of fun too.”

Summer school allowed students to make friends with students who share their interests, and use technology to learn and collaborate with others.

In some of the classes, students got the chance to create art, sing, act and even put on a show.

“Once word gets out about what we’re doing, I think our summer enrollment will get even better next year and beyond,” Hunt said. “I think it helped having it at four elementary buildings. I’ve had parents tell me that the kids really liked it and enjoyed coming to school. It wasn’t a fight to get them there.”

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School had approximately 95 to 100 students attend this summer.

“We mostly had incoming seventh-graders attending, which gave them an opportunity to experience the building and get to know some of the teachers,” said Washington Middle School Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff. “The kids seemed to enjoy it. Most of them stayed enrolled and very few dropped out. They took a lot of science and reading courses and were involved in fun activities that kept their interest up. Hopefully our summer enrollment will continue to grow. It’s a challenge for us because there are vacations and camps going on at the same time, and those are things kids at this age want to do.”

Middle school students were allowed to choose one, two, or three sessions during the day where they could explore something outside of their box, focus on a college or career interest, or dive into content to further their knowledge.

Middle school students also had a wide variety of courses to choose from, including Mad Scientists, Novel Engineering, History Through Hollywood, Blogging and Historical Disasters, Take a Quest, Summer Music Jays, Lights…Camera…Learning, and many more.

Washington High School

The summer school session at Washington High School also made significant strides.

The high school had approximately 250 students from WHS and surrounding schools attend summer school. The students took classes covering many content areas for credit recovery and advancement.

“Our focus this summer was really to connect and communicate with the kids even if they were taking courses online and were not on campus. We wanted a high success rate for the kids who attended and the kids who chose to go online,” said WHS Assistant Principal Mary Kleekamp. “We offered a wide range of courses, including art appreciation and Spanish. We had almost 40 kids take drivers education. We had two teachers for drivers education, so we didn’t have to turn anyone away.

“Most everything was offered online, but we had teachers here on campus every day for those kids who wanted to be here. We made sure to communicate with parents and students to let them know what to be prepared for and how things were going to be run.”

Photos below are of elementary summer school students working on various projects.




















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Published: 7/17/17




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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two students from Washington High School are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) June 11 – July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

Sophia Hellebusch and Kristen Monzyk, both juniors at WHS from the Marthasville area, attended the summer academic program.

MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills.

This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.

“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in the MU Department of Chemistry. “We want to encourage these talented students to own their intelligence and inspire them to put it to good use. In particular, we hope to get students to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zones.”

Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.  

Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University headlined the Academy’s Teacher Appreciation Day activities.

Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, discussed the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Other guests included David Wilson, co-founder of Columbia’s True/False documentary film festival, and Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at MU.

Scholars had the option to watch a dress rehearsal of the Missouri Symphony Society, listen to Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch, discuss topics ranging from climate change to medical ethics, stem cells and the African refugee crisis, and participate in a multitude of community service activities.

As the state’s largest and oldest public, land-grant university, Mizzou has more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 305,000 alumni. Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.


Washington High School students Sophia Hellebusch, left, and Kristen Monzyk attended the Missouri Scholars Academy June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/12/17




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Five juniors from Washington High School represented the school at the 78th session of Missouri Boys State June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Representing Washington High School was Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Missouri Boys State is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

Attending Missouri Girls State June 25-July 1 from WHS were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson and Emmy Hopkins.

Click on the attached links below for more information on Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State.


Cason Suggs: Elected Governor of 2017 Missouri Boys State.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/26/17




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The Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.  

The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 6 and will continue through August 8. There will be no lunch available on July 4.  Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.

Additionally, families can pick up their food boxes every Tuesday from June 6 through August 8 (with the exception of July 4) at two locations:

Life Stream Church, 551 Lewis & Clark in Washington; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

K&R Market, 15971 Highway 47 in Marthasville; from 2 to 7 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program.

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Published: 6/19/17




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The Franklin County Back to School Fair, serving under-resourced families in Franklin County, will take place July 28 and 29 at First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO 63084.

There will be free backpacks and school supplies for students entering kindergarten through 12 in the 2017-18 school year.

Parents must pre-register by July 5.

Click on the attached link below for more information and the registration form for the Franklin County Back to School Fair.  

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Published: 6/19/17




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Washington High School junior Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

Union’s Deric Purnell was named the Missourian’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Reed had a junior year for the record books for the WHS cross country and track and field teams. In her junior year alone, she was a three-time state champion and a five-time all-state performer.

Competing at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City during the fall season, Reed dominated the Class 4 girls race, winning in a time of 18:02, 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Victoria Findley of Blue Springs South.

Reed led the Lady Jays to the podium by finishing in third place in the Class 4 team standings with a score of 142, one point ahead of fourth-place Park Hill South (143).

During the spring track and field season, Reed earned four state medals and captured two state titles at the Class 4 Championships at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.


Mikayla Reed

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Published: 6/14/17




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The School District of Washington's bus provider, First Student, earned a 98 percent approval rating during its annual school bus inspection.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which conducts the inspections, released its findings.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/13/17




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Washington High School’s memorable, historic girls soccer season ended with a third-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships June 2-3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays (22-5-1) played to a scoreless draw Saturday, June 3, in the Class 3 third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South. No overtime was played. As a result, the two teams shared third-place honors.

Click here for a video on comments about the team’s experience at state from WHS Head Coach Adam Fischer along with players Megan Yenzer, Sam Winistoerfer, Morgan Riegel, Abbey Baldwin and Taylor Bauer.

Washington lost 3-0 in the semifinals to Notre Dame de Sion on Friday, June 2. At the time, Notre Dame de Sion was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 National Poll.

Webster Groves, which defeated Ft. Zumwalt South on penalty kicks in the semifinals, upset Notre Dame de Sion to win the state championship, 2-1.

The Lady Jays were the first team in the history of the WHS girls soccer program to reach the state semifinals.

Photos from Washington’s third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South are below.

Click on the attached links below for the team's quarterfinal victory and the send-off to the state tournament.









 













































































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/6/17




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The School District of Washington’s Pathways Team was involved in a three-day Project Based Learning training seminar May 30-June 1 at the district’s Technology and Learning Center.

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Teachers were involved in learning the components of Project Based Learning and how to implement rigor and relevance.

Academic rigor refers to learning in which students demonstrate a thorough in-depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem solving, evaluation or creativity. It’s the quality of thinking, not the quantity, that defines academic rigor, and rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject.

Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills, to solve real-world problems. Relevant learning is interdisciplinary and contextual. It is created, for example, through authentic problems or tasks, simulations, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues and teaching others.

The SDOW Pathways Team, comprised of teachers and administrators, involved in the PBL training provided peer feedback as they developed projects for students in the classroom.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/2/17




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A send-off for the Washington girls soccer team was held at the high school on Thursday afternoon, June 1.

Family members, faculty and students were on hand to see the team off as they headed to Kansas City for the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships.

Escorted by the Washington Police Department, the Lady Jays and the coaching staff climbed aboard their Mid-American Coaches bus and began their journey to Kansas City as the crowd cheered and held up signs of support.

Click here for more details on Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar.

Washington (22-4) takes on Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 3, the third-place contest will be played at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

Click here for details on the MSHSAA Soccer Championships.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/1/17




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The closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff was held Tuesday morning, May 23, in the CJB Theater at Washington High School.

The ceremony marked the end of the 2016-17 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, technology recognition, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also spoke to the staff.

Prior to the ceremony, the Board of Education and administration honored the retirees over breakfast.

The WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, who was awarded $1,000.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune (certified staff) and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey (support staff).

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

Retiring staff members are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer, Pat Moore, Misty Thomas, Martina Roth, Jenise Thomas, June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert, Maria Althen, Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich and Aurie Meyer.

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem.

Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters.

Honored for 25 years of service were Mike Smith, Heike Sehrt, Ann Maerli, Victoria Kallmbah and Maureen Nelson. 

Honored for 20 years of service were Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns, Georgana Hagan, Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin, Gail Dickinson, Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt, Matt Kroeter, Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.

Honored for 15 years of service were Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint, Josh Ohm, Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas, Alisa Yaeger, Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos, Lenn Clemons, Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.

Honored for 10 years of service were Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway, Megan Brinkmann, Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy, Duane Wadlow, Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski, Margaret Jennerjohn, Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe, Mary Kleekamp, Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were (Specialist Level Year 2) Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski, and Professional Level (Year 1) Ginny Gilbertsen, Glenda Leslie, Jessica May-Nilsen, Jennifer Meyer, Samantha Mitchem, Michelle Prewitt, Melanie Trentmann and Amanda Truetken.

Photos from the closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff are below.


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, second from left, was awarded the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Loesing, Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune, middle left, and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey, middle right. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, far right, and Doug Reed, far left.


Retiring Staff Members

There are 18 School District of Washington staff members, accumulating 383 years of experience, who are retiring. Front row, from left, are June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert and Maria Althen. Second row, from left, are Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich, Aurie Meyer and Misty Thomas. Back row, from left, are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer and Pat Moore. Not shown are Martina Roth and Jenise Thomas.



Campbellton Top Seller of WINGS Discount Cards

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary. Pictured, from left, are WINGS representative Brad Mitchell and Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer.


WINGS Discount Cards Fundraiser

Elementary schools and the middle school in the School District of Washington received their payouts from the WINGS discount cards program. Front row, from left, are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal), Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal), Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Major Saver Program

Stacy Hontz of Major Saver, far right, presents a check to WINGS for $39,780 for the 2017 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell, left, and Amy Oesterly, middle, of WINGS accepts the check.


Service Awards: 30, 35 years

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem, left. Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters, right.


Service Awards: 25 Years

Honored for 25 years of service. Front row, from left, are Ann Maerli and Victoria Kallmbah. Back row, from left, are Heike Sehrt, Mike Smith and Maureen Nelson. 


Service Awards: 20 Years

Honored for 20 years of service. Front row, from left, are Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns and Georgana Hagan. Middle row, from left, are Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin and Gail Dickinson. Back row, from left, are Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt and Matt Kroeter. Not pictured are Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.


Service Awards: 15 Years

Honored for 15 years of service. Front row, from left, are Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint and Josh Ohm. Middle row, from left, are Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas and Alisa Yaeger. Back row, from left, are Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos and Lenn Clemons. Not pictured are Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.


Service Awards: 10 Years

Honored for 10 years of service. Front row, from left, are Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway and Megan Brinkmann. Second row, from left, are Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy and Duane Wadlow. Third row, from left, are Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski and Margaret Jennerjohn. Fourth row, from left, are Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe and Mary Kleekamp. Not pictured are Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

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Washington High School’s 116th commencement was held Friday, May 19, in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Rain and storms moved the ceremony indoors.

There were 329 seniors in the Class of 2017.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum welcomed guests to commencement followed by the band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar Polyhar.

The WHS JROTC was on hand for the presentation of colors.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Adam Gauzy, vice president of the Class of 2017.

The WHS choir performed the school song and the national anthem.

Assistant Principals Joe Dierks and Mary Kleekamp announced students earning honors and high honors.

Assistant Principal Shawn Wallace announced the students who gave addresses.

Dr. Lori VanLeer gave the superintendent’s message.

Kevin Blackburn, president, spoke on behalf of the Board of Education.

Mariane Brueggemann, retiring counselor, presented the Class of 2017.

Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Joe Omer, class president, led the seniors in the turning of the tassel and McCallum gave closing remarks.

The student marshalls were juniors Lexi Hendricks and Cason Suggs.

Class of 2017 officers were Joe Omer, president; Adam Gauzy, vice president; Dylan Brocato, Secretary; Paige Nye, treasurer; and Parker Nye, student representative.

Senior class sponsors were Cathy Jinkerson and Kathryn Laurentius.

This year’s class song was “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line.

The class flower was cactus.

The class motto was, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” by Dr. Suess.

The class gift was bulletin boards.

Click on the link below for the video broadcast of Washington High School’s 116th commencement, which was shown via a live stream. Photos of some of the graduates are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/23/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation awarded 22 teacher grants this spring (May of 2017), totaling over $28,000.

Since 1993, a total of 998 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $468,098.89. WINGS also has awarded two STEAM grants totaling $20,515.23.

The teachers receiving the grant, their school and their program are as follows:

*Nicole Obermark, Clearview Elementary, Building the Mind: One Book at a Time

*Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center Teaching Careers, Plan and Teach Cadet Lesson

*Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Flexible Seating

*Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Washington Warriors: Building Our Community

*Nicole Machelett, Clearview Elementary, Fourth Grade Flexible

*Keli Schneider and Amy Crow, Clearview Elementary, STEM – It’s Not Just for Big Kids

*Danielle Allerdissen, Washington West Elementary, Guided Math

*Keshan Moore, Danielle Burke and Mike Brusca, Washington West Elementary, Dream Box Learning

*Miranda Straatmann, Marthasville Elementary, Get Hands On

*Ann Loesing, Washington High School, Creating and Transforming With Glowforge

*Maggie Butler, Marthasville, Augusta and Washington West, Keyboard Lab for Music

*Kerri Flynn, Washington High School, Digging Deeper, into Why We Do What We Do Through Memoir

*Kelly Stone, Labadie Elementary, Regal Reading and Writing Center

*Amanda Schweissguth, Math Coordinator, Number Sense and Fact Fluency for All

*Valerie Jankowski, Washington Middle School, Break Out the Learning With Breakout EDU

*Samantha Mitchem, Washington West Elementary, Makin’ Movies Happen

*Katie Burleson, Marthasville Elementary, Sensory/Social Emotional Survivor Kit

*Stephanie Kliethermes, Dannette Wood and Amy O’Hanlon, Early Learning Center, Ready for Reading

*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Social Thinking
*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Sensory Room

*Danielle Romanus, Washington West Elementary, STEAM Bins

*Karen Stafford, South Point Elementary, Our Cool Off Center

A photo of the WINGS teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.


WINGS Spring 2017 Teacher Grant Recipients

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Published: 5/22/17




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Due to the forecast of rain chances of up to 80 percent leading up to graduation, and to provide the best environment possible for our graduates and their families, the Washington High School graduation ceremony tonight will be held indoors in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Each graduating senior has access to six tickets. The gym will be crowded, so the ceremony will be streamed live in the CJB Theater for those who would like to be more comfortable. The link to the live stream is on the School District of Washington’s web site. You must have a ticket to watch from both the gymnasium and CJB Theater.

The gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. For those who arrive to the high school tonight to a full parking lot, additional parking will be available at the 14th Street commuter lot. Bus service before and after the ceremony will be provided starting at approximately 5:45 p.m.

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Published: 5/19/17




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Tricia Holm, Washington Middle School Band Director, and Tim Rinne, Washington High School History and Government teacher, both recently were awarded with the East Central College- National Education Association inaugural Inspires of Excellence Teacher Recognition Award.

As part of this recognition, Holm and Rinne were presented a certificate with the student’s nomination statement, an ECC T-shirt, and other items of thanks.

Holm and Rinne were recognized for making a positive impact on the student who nominated them, as well as other students.

See the pictures of Holm and Rinne receiving the award below.

Tricia Holm, left.


Tim Rinne, left.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/18/17




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Washington High School Baccalaureate takes place Wednesday, May 17, in the CJB Auditorium at 6 p.m.

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Published: 5/17/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 17, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 5/17/17




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The WINGS Educational Foundation recently awarded four scholarships to Washington High School students in the amount of $500 apiece, for a total of $2,000.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Alumni Scholarship were Cole Phinney and Kelley Siem.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Educator Scholarship were Gavin Novak and Justine Huellinghoff.

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of faculty and staff achievement.

Photos of the WINGS scholarship winners are below.


Washington High School students received the 2016-2017 WINGS scholarship for $500 apiece. From left are Carol Zanin (WINGS), recipients Cole Phinney, Justine Huellinghoff, Gavin Novak and Kelley Siem, and Janie Chalem (WINGS).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/16/17




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For students who have been issued a 1:1 device, those devices will be collected at the end of the school year.  

Seniors will turn in their devices to the HelpDesk once they have finished their last final. Seniors will turn in their devices, chargers, and bags.

Elementary students will turn in their devices to their classroom teachers during the last week of school. Elementary students will keep their bags and chargers. They will need to bring the same bag and charger with them when classes resume next year, or they cannot be issued a device.

Seventh- and ninth- through eleventh-graders will turn in their devices to the teachers of their last hour final exam. These students will also keep their bags and chargers and will need to bring them back during registration next year in order to be issued their device.

Devices will be cleaned and checked for damages over the summer. If repairs are necessary, a claim will be filed through One2OneRisk.com, and parents will be notified via email of associated fees for repairs.  

If you know your child has missing or damaged items, please have them report this to the HelpDesk, or their homeroom teacher as soon as possible so this can be addressed before the last day.

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Published: 5/15/17




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Becoming a new tradition in the School District of Washington, the Senior Walk and Breakfast took place Wednesday, May 10, at all seven elementary buildings.

The event began last year, but this was the first year which every elementary building participated.

Washington High School’s Class of 2017 graduating seniors visited the elementary school where they attended. Wearing their cap and gown, the seniors walked the hallways of the elementary school with current students in the hallways applauding and cheering.

The seniors had the chance to meet with former teachers and administrators and also were served breakfast.

See photos below from Labadie Elementary and Washington West Elementary.

Labadie Elementary


Washington West Elementary








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/12/17




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Due to widespread flooding that compromised access to the buildings in the School District of Washington May 1-5, leading to five missed school days, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has forgiven all five of the missed days.

As a result, the end of the year schedule remains the same. The last day of the school remains Tuesday, May 23, which is a modified day. Washington High School graduation remains Friday, May 19.

Testing, activities and events all have been rescheduled at the building level. Contact your school or building for more information.

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Published: 5/10/17




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The Washington High School Theatre Guild presents “The Senior Showcase,” four one-acts directed by WHS Theatre Guild seniors.

The event takes place at the CJB Auditorium at Washington High School on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door the night of the show or before or after school in Kerry Holtmeier’s room at WHS.

All proceeds benefit Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery.

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Published: 5/9/17




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The Washington High School Scholar Bowl team capped their memorable season with a state championship on Saturday, May 6.

Competing at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Championships at the University of Missouri, Washington captured the Class 4 title by defeating Ladue in the championship match, 490-350.

Team members for the Blue Jays were seniors Joe Stitz, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney and junior Jonathan Amlong. The team is coached by David Dennis, who provided the information for this story.

Stitz earned an earned an All-State medal as the No. 2 scorer in preliminaries and an All-Star medal as the No. 2 scorer for all five rounds. Phinney earned an All-State medal as the No. 9 scorer in preliminaries.

Washington and Ladue were tied at halftime 210-210, and the Blue Jays managed to get a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter.  

In the fourth quarter, Washington grabbed the first four tossups and all of the bonus points, and led by 140 points with 180 possible points left. 

Washington needed one more tossup to put it away. Ladue got the next three, but Amlong got tossup No. 48 in the game - on the Mandarin Chinese language - to clinch Washington’s first ever Scholar Bowl MSHSAA State Championship.

Washington earned a spot at the state event after beating Francis Howell at regionals on April 26, and by winning districts prior to that. There are 103 schools in Class 4, and we were down to eight teams remaining at state.

Those eight remaining teams had three preliminary matches at the state event.

This was Washington's third time ever attending state, and was for the second year in a row.  In 1996 and 2016, WHS had gone 0-3 in the prelim matches.  

Washington’s first-ever victory in a game at state came early with a first-round win over Carl Junction, 660-110. After a hard-fought win over Rolla in round 2 (440-330), the Blue Jays beat North Kansas City in round three, 490-240.  After the prelim games, Washington and Ladue were both 3-0, and Washington was given the No. 1 seed based on points scored. 

Washington was scheduled to face Hickman in the semifinals, but Hickman didn't know they were the No. 4 seed until five minutes before the scheduled start time. The Kewpies had figured that Rolla, who had beaten them in round 3, would be the eventual No. 4 seed and players started to go home.  They weren't able to get four players into the room before the start of the game, forcing a forfeit. It was the first-ever forfeit in MSHSAA state history.

The Blue Jays won the semifinal match by forfeit.


Team members, seated from left, are Cole Phinney, Matt Dew, Joe Stitz and Jonathan Amlong. Standing is Coach David Dennis.


Coach David Dennis, left, and team member Jonathan Amlong with the Class 4 state championship trophy.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/8/17




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The Washington High School Prom on Saturday, May 6, is on as scheduled at Busch Stadium’s Redbird Club in St. Louis from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Charter buses will leave WHS at 5:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/4/17




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After school district officials communicated with MODOT regarding the Missouri River Bridge and conditions across the river, the School District of Washington will be closed Friday, May 5.

MODOT is hopeful about roadways being clear by the Monday morning commute.

South Point Elementary school, although sandbagged for precaution, has water on the playground, but the building is still dry.  

We should see conditions improve over the weekend. The School District of Washington is asking the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a waiver in order to be forgiven for these five days of missed school. We will put out a final schedule as soon as we hear back from the department. 

The WINGS BBQ Lunch Delivery and Picnic in the Park scheduled for Friday, May 5, has been postponed and rescheduled for next Friday, May 12.

The Washington High School Prom on Saturday, May 6, is on as scheduled at Busch Stadium’s Redbird Club in St. Louis from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Charter buses will leave WHS at 5:30 p.m.

We are rescheduling a variety of things, from activities to programs and testing. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the Spring Flood of 2017. Now bring on the sun!

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Published: 5/4/17




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Senior Awards Night at Washington High School scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, is postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, May 10.

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Published: 5/2/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place Friday, April 28. Because of the wet weather, the festivities were moved inside to the Blue Jay Gymnasium and the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The event was put together by the WHS student council and leadership class.

The theme this year was, “Around the World.” The message was that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

Students in grades three through six from the School District of Washington and neighboring parochial schools participated in the event.

This year’s event chairs were seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/17




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The AP test scheduled for May 1 at Washington High School will be postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, May 18, at noon.

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Published: 4/30/17




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Due to closures of several low lying roads and the predicted closure of Highway 47 at some point during the day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, May 1.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/17




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A number of Washington High School seniors have been awarded Bright Flight scholarships.

The bright Flight scholarship is a scholarship in the amount of $1750 per annum to Missouri's qualifying graduating high school seniors who enroll in a Missouri accredited college or university.

To qualify for Bright Flight, a student must have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or the top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.

WHS students earning the Bright Flight were Alex Phinney, Caroline Lenger, Tiffany Winistoerfer, Autumn Buesking, Joe Schmitt, Curtis Brinker, Conrad Hintz, Kacie Huxol, Madison Straatmann, Emma Pabst, Meghan Mauldin, Paige Nye, Cole Phinney, Joe Omer, Adam Gauzy, Kostas Kakadiaris, Matthew Dew, Scott Klein, Sarah Bretzke, Matthew Chalem and Spencer Johnson.

See the picture below of the WHS Bright Flight scholarship recipients.

Cole Phinney

WHS senior Cole Phinney has been selected an honorable mention student in the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2017.

Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools in Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade-point average and ACT or SAT score. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language.

The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program.

See the picture below.

Gia Mesz

WHS senior Gia Mesz has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

WHS volunteered Mesz for national honors in recognition for her volunteer service.

Mesz is involved with volunteering her time in the community through Loving Hearts, the United Way and various food drives. She also participates in Operation Christmas Child in combination with the First Baptist Church of Washington.

“Gia is an exceptional student who dedicates many hours to community service,” said WHS principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “Her devotion and willingness to give up her time is admirable. We celebrate with her in this recognition.”

See the picture below.


WHS Seniors Earn Bright Flight Scholarships

Washington High School seniors have been awarded Bright Flight scholarships.

Front row, from left, are Alex Phinney, Caroline Lenger, Tiffany Winistoerfer, Autumn Buesking, Joe Schmitt and Curtis Brinker.

Middle row, from left, are Conrad Hintz, Kacie Huxol, Madison Straatmann, Emma Pabst, Meghan Mauldin and Paige Nye.

Back row, from left, are Cole Phinney, Joe Omer, Adam Gauzy, Kostas Kakadiaris, Matthew Dew and Scott Klein.

Not pictured are Sarah Bretzke, Matthew Chalem and Spencer Johnson.


Phinney Named to Missouri Scholars Top 100

WHS senior Cole Phinney has been selected an honorable mention student in the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2017. Presenting the award to Phinney is WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum.


Mesz Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

WHS senior Gia Mesz has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Presenting the award to Mesz is WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/29/17




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Washington High School hosted the MSHSAA Scholar Bowl Regionals on Wednesday, April 26, facing off against Francis Howell. It was a best-of-three format.  

Washington won in two games, 510-310 and 440-400, to advance to the state meet Saturday, May 6.

Washington pulled away late to win the first game.

In the second game, Washington trailed most of the first half, but held a slim lead at half, 230-190.

Francis Howell stuck around and the game came down to the last tossup question, with WHS only leading by 10.  Had Francis Howell grabbed that question, it was possible that they could have won after the bonus. Francis Howell buzzed and missed on the miscellaneous subject. WHS picked it up after and went on to win, 440-400.  

This will be Washington’s second consecutive trip to state. Last year was its first state appearance since 1996.  WHS is still looking for it’s first-ever scholar bowl state championship.  

Washington team members were Joe Stitz, Matt Chalem, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney. 

The state schedule is set beforehand. 

In Game 1 at state, Washington will play Carl Junction, who beat Kickapoo 2-1 in the fifth Regional match. 

In Game 2 at state, Washington will play Rolla, who beat Smith-Cotton 2-0 in the sixth Regional match.

In Game 3 at state, Washington will play North Kansas City, who beat Lee's Summit North 2-0 in the seventh Regional match.

Other teams at state are:Northwest (Cedar Hill), Ladue, Hickman, and Central (St. Joseph).  

The best four records after the first three games move on to the semifinals and a finish of no worse than fourth place.

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Published: 4/27/17




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The School District of Washington’s art show took place Sunday, April 23, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

A large collection of art work was on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Published: 4/26/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 26, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 4/26/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 28, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Around the World.”

The registration committee designed the name tags to resemble boarding passes. The bags will include a globe/airplane design and decorations will incorporate a global theme. The message is that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

This year’s event chairs are seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Check-in will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

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Published: 4/25/17




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Washington High School’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) hosted a benefit event called “Steph’s Night,” on Friday, April 21, at WHS.

The event was for St. Francis Borgia High School student Stephanie Lindemann, who was diagnosed with stage four Ewing Sarcoma in November of 2015.

After 13 months of chemo and radiation to try and beat the bone cancer, doctors said Stephanie was in remission. But in January of 2017, she relapsed.

Steph’s Night featured fun and games, a mini carnival with a bounce house, and a dodgeball tournament.

There was also food, drinks, and customized T-shirts available for purchase. Hair donations were accepted and there was a silent auction raffle.

Over $1,650 was raised from the event for the Lindemann family and there were 31 apples to apples cards sold.

Additionally, 15 people donated some of their hair to make wigs for the non-profit Children with Hair Loss. 

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Published: 4/25/17




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Nominates are being accepted for the WINGS Educational Foundation Class of 2017 Hall of Honor for the School District of Washington.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

*Alumni: Persons who attended the School District of Washington and have shown exceptional personal, community and/or professional achievements.

*Community Contributor: Persons whose efforts have made significant contributions to the School District of Washington.

* Educator: Teachers or administrators who were outstanding educational leaders in the School District of Washington. Five years must have passed since full-time employment or affiliation with the School District.

Click on the attached link below for the Hall of Honor nomination form.

Submit nominations to WINGS Foundation, P.O. Box 203, Washington, MO 63090.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2017. The Hall of Honor ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information, contact Brad Mitchell at 636-221-3674 or Cindy Lohmeyer 636-221-2248.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The April 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Bridget Phelps, Tracy Helm and Anthony James.

Phelps is a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary. Helm is a school counselor at Washington Middle School. James is a service worker for the School District of Washington.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Tracy Helm

Tracy Helm, school counselor at Washington Middle School, is wrapping up her fifth year with the School District of Washington. She’s been in the counseling field for over 20 years, previously working at Lindbergh High School, Jefferson College, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State), East Central College and Washington University in St. Louis. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and a Master’s degree in counseling at Missouri State. Helm was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has dual citizenship between Canada and the United States.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I am kind and generous. I have a lot of empathy toward people. And I think that carries over into what I do in the counseling field.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I work in a school setting primarily with students. We work on their academic or their social and emotional needs. That can be anything from scheduling of classes to academic concerns, all the way into peer friendships, difficulties at home, and just really looking at the student as a whole person.”


*Best part about your job?

“There’s something new every day and being able to see the kids improve and mature during their time at the middle school.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington Middle School?

“Well I feel that the middle school is the best building in the district. It’s a unique time for our students. They are transitioning from being children into preparing them to being young adults. It can be seen as a difficult time. I love to work with kids in this age because you really do see them mature.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I am a mother of three kids - one boy (Grayson, 15) and two girls (Gabbie, 13, and Izzy, 10) and they’re all very active. So a lot of my time is focused on getting them where they need to go.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“I’m a little scared to answer that.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Pop music. I listen to whatever the kids have on the radio. I will admit that I like it. I like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and all of those pop artists. Those aren’t my son’s choices of music.”

 

I*f you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“To see the first woman cast their ballot in an election.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to be a teacher.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Someone in a classroom at the Early Learning Center with the youngest kiddos.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The beginning. Everyone is rested from the summer. It’s exciting for the kids - new school supplies, new teachers. There’s a lot of hope.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo., to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington today is so different than when I moved here 12 years ago. It’s really grown. The diversity is growing, which I really love. It has everything you need. It’s a very caring community. People really seem to ban together to help each other.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My mom because she shows that you can be quietly strong.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Traveling back to Canada and also to the beach.”


Tracy Helm

 

 

Anthony James

Anthony “AJ” James, school based social service worker for the School District of Washington, has been with the district for three years. He previously worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services in the children’s division for seven years. AJ hails from Blue Eye, a small town south of Branson, and is a graduate of Blue Eye High School, which had 40 students in his graduating class. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and currently is working on his Master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University, which he will complete in June.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“Hard working, energetic and a good listener. I handle my job duties by responding to wherever I’m needed and try to deal with whatever crisis is going on with as little stress as possible. If I go in stressed, it just amps the situation up even more.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“Part of my job duties are overseeing the ‘Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds food program. I help get clothes to kids who need clothes. Recently I was able to work with other agencies to purchase beds for children who were in need. Just anything the kids might be in need of, I work with other agencies to obtain them.”


*Best part about your job?

“Working with the kids. I get to meet and interact with a lot of different kids in a lot of different situations.”

 

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working in the social services field for the school district?

“There seems to be people who do not know that I am here or what I do. I enjoy working for the school district. The first year was tough because there were families who thought I still worked for the children’s division and not the school district. I had to build those relationships and show them what I was here for.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to play basketball, water ski and hang out with my family.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“Yes I do.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Recently I’ve been listening to the radio station 96.3. It’s kind of today’s music. It’s what the kids listen to. I like to stay current. I like a lot of different artists.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan, so I’d like to see the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to work for the FBI. That’s where my degree in criminology came from.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Dr. (Lori) VanLeer. I’d like to see what goes on at the district office and walk in her shoes.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“October and November is a time where the kids really dive in and are engaged in what they are doing.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“I’ve been in the area for 10 years. It’s a really tight-knit community.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My grandma. She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve known. She worked in public education for 43 years as a reading specialist. She taught a lot of kids how to read.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“I’m going to finish my Master’s degree and spend time with my family at the lake. My parents live about a mile from Table Rock Lake.”


Anthony James

 

Bridget Phelps

Bridget (Brune) Phelps, a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary School, is a 2006 graduate of Washington High School. She attended the School District of Washington as a student all the way through K-12, including K-6 at Campbellton Elementary. Phelps owns a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Central Methodist University. This is her fourth year as a teacher with the SDOW. Her first year was as a first-grade teacher at Clearview, then she spent two years at South Point Elementary as a kindergarten teacher before going back to Clearview as a second-grade teacher this school year. Bridget and her husband, Calab, have a 13-month old son, Wyatt.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“I’m very energetic and outgoing. I try to get my kids excited in the morning about the day. I try to make sure everyone is involved. I’m not a paper-pencil teacher. I like to have them up and going throughout the day, otherwise it makes for a long day. The kids get a lot of choices – they get to choose where they sit. They get to choose where they want to go for station time. I feel like giving them the choice for some things, when it’s time for things they have to do, they’re more willing to do it.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I teach 7- and 8-year olds.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The kids and seeing their excitement, whether it’s getting something right or just coming in for the day.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Clearview Elementary?

“It’s a very homey school. It’s very well connected. Everybody works with everybody. It might seem like a bigger school from the outside, but when you come in, it doesn’t feel like that. Everybody knows everybody. All of the kids know each other. They all play with each other. They all live by each other. The families all know each other. I went to Campbellton Elementary as a student and I feel like this is Campbellton, only a little bigger. You have the same country feel, only more kids.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Hunting and fishing. We’re an outdoors family. My parents had three girls and no boys. My dad is huge on the outdoors, so he made sure his girls were too.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“No.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Country. I don’t really have a favorite artist.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I would love to have witnessed the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. That would be really cool.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“A nurse when I was younger and then I grew into wanting to be a teacher. My mom is a nurse, so I just wanted to do what she was doing. I finally realized that I don’t like blood, so that probably wasn’t the best field to go in to.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Dr. (Dawn) Hellebusch at the Early Learning Center. I would like to see how they do things with the younger children, especially having one of my own in that age group.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Later in the fall before winter. The kids know what’s going on, so they’re not new, but they’re not tired of school yet, either. They’re very excited about everything, and that’s every grade level.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington is such a good town. We welcome everybody. We all stick together. Even though we have our rivalry with Borgia, look what’s happening now with a girl from Borgia who has cancer and everybody is rallying around her. A couple of years ago when the big storm blew through at the fair and messed up a ton of things, there were so many people out there the next morning helping to put things back together. They didn’t call anybody, people just showed up to help. That just shows what Washington is like. We put everything aside to help somebody else.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My parents, Paul and Gretchen. They’re both hard-working and are all about family. They would do anything for anybody.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Hanging out with Wyatt. I’m a nanny for a family, and Wyatt will be with me.”


Bridget Phelps with her second-grade students at Clearview Elementary.

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Published: 4/21/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 19, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Wednesday, April 19, is testing day at Washington High School. Dismissal at WHS will be at approximately 1:30 p.m. Buses will run at 2:30 p.m.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 4/19/17




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Washington High School’s Testing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19.

The schedule of events is as follows:

* Ninth-grade students will be taking the Biology EOC and then listening to a presentation on seat belt safety.

* 10th-grade students will be taking the ACT Aspire.

* Lunch will be available for ninth- and 10th-grade students.

* Ninth- and 10th-grade students need to bring their CHARGED CHROMEBOOKS on test day.

* 11th-grade students will take the ACT and the Academic Booster Club is graciously providing snacks for them.

* 12th-grade students have signed up for various activities off campus (Senior Day at Six Flags, Independent Job Shadow, Independent College Day, and a Tour to East Central College).

Dismissal at WHS on April 19 will be approximately 1:30 p.m. With it being an early release Wednesday, buses will run at 2:30 p.m.

On Monday, April 17, all students will receive a slip of paper indicating where they need to report and what they need to bring.

Any questions can be directed to Assistant Principal Mary Kleekamp or the WHS guidance counselors.

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Published: 4/18/17




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Washington High School students Marissa Ginger, a senior, and Olivia Robinson, a junior, recently were recognized by the Washington Optimist Club as the April “Let Your Optimism Shine” award recipients,

The Washington Optimist Club recognizes students each month for the “Let Your Optimism Shine” award.

Principals and teachers nominate students for the award who exemplifies the Optimist’s creed.

Click on the attached link below for photos of Ginger and Robinson receiving the award from the Optimist Club.

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Published: 4/17/17




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The WINGS Educational Foundation will host its annual Family Picnic in the Park Barbeque to raise money for teacher grants for the School District of Washington on Friday, May 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be family-friendly activities in addition to great food. Two bounce houses along with balloon twisters, barrel train rides, face painting and alpacas will be on hand for the event.

There will be musical entertainment provided by Washington High School and Washington Middle School students.

The adult menu will be a choice of chicken, pork steak, pulled pork or pulled pork nachos. Dinners include baked beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

The children menu will be a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Advance tickets are on sale at $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets also will be available at the event for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Click on the attached link below for the picnic order form, which also are available at each school, the district office on Locust Street and the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center. Orders are due by May 2.

WINGS BBQ Lunch

Businesses in the Washington area can order lunch from the WINGS BBQ lunch delivery on Friday, May 5.

Box lunches are $7, which includes a sandwich (pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger) chips and a cookie. WINGS volunteers will deliver the lunches. If your company has a tight lunch schedule, we suggest picking the lunches up at the fairgrounds.

Order forms can be sent to Becky Cox at the Four Rivers YMCA by e-mail at becky.cox@gwrymca.org, or by fax at 636-239-5759. Orders are due by April 27.

Click on the attached links below for the lunch order form and the picnic order form.



 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/17/17




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The School District of Washington will be closed on Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.

Click on the attached link below for the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/14/17




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The Washington High School Open Winter Guard spent two weekends competing at the MCCGA Championships and WGI World Championships.  

“The group of 13 athletes competed with focus, determination and great sportsmanship,” said WHS Winter Guard Director Julie Bunkley. “They represented WHS and our community on a state and national level with class and professionalism.”

At the MCCGA Championships on April 1, the Open Guard placed first and were gold medalists for the sixth consecutive year.  

Additionally, WHS student Sarah Bretzke was awarded an MCCGA Scholarship. She received the highest point total of any scholarship recipient in the circuit.

The guard traveled to Dayton, Ohio, April 6-8, for the World Championships. The group placed 11th and was a World Championship Finalist their first season in a higher classification.  

Members of the WHS Open Winter Guard are Max Ruether, Natalie Figura, Sarah Bretzke, Gabbi Kitners, Brooke Coomes, Samantha Welch, Alyssa Brinkmann, Sofia Smith, Gina Luko, Leann Delargy, Lillie Figura, Emily Wilson and Lyllian Neuberger.  

Click on the attached link below for a video of the Washington Winter Guard’s Finals performance at the World Championships.

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Published: 4/13/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Wednesday, April 12, for staff professional development in the afternoon.

Additionally, there will be no school for students and staff on Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.

Also, progress reports will be available in Lumen on Wednesday, April 12.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday, April 12.

Click on the links below for modified day procedures and the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/17




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The Washington High School Student Council and Leadership co-sponsored the annual Mr. WHS contest on Friday, April 7, at the CJB Theatre.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.

Each contestant participated in swim suite, talent and question-and-answer performances. The entire group also performed dance routines.

Calvin Obermark, a senior, was named Mr. WHS.

Matt Hoemann, a senior, was the first runner-up.

Joe Omer, a senior, was the second runner-up.

Adam Gauzy, a senior, was named Mr. Congeniality.

The Mr. WHS contestants were seniors Trevor Brauer, Dylan Brocato, Noah Elbert, Adam Gauzy, Matt Hoemann, Austin Lewis, Connor Lewis, Dawson Neher, Gaveyn Novak, Calvin Obermark, Joe Omer and Scott Vanek,  and juniors Andrew Nolan and Tommy Ruether.

The Program Chairs of the event were Emily Groppe, Kelley Siem, Bria Hasenjaeger and Kailey Robinson.

The Dance Chairs were Payton Owens and Lydia Lock.

Photos from Mr. WHS are below.


Mr. WHS Winners

Kneeling is Adam Gauzy, Mr. Congeniality. Standing, from left, are Matt Hoemann, first-runner-up, Calvin Obermark, Mr. WHS winner, and Joe Omer, second runner-up.


Mr. WHS Lineup

Front row, from left, are Matt Hoemann, Adam Gauzy, Joe Omer, Austin Lewis, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Dawson Neher and Noah Elbert. Back row, from left, are Tommy Ruether, Scott Vanek, Dylan Brocato, Gaveyn Novak, Andrew Nolan and Trevor Brauer.




Program, Dance Chairs

From left are Dance Chairs Payton Owens and Lydia Lock, and Program Chairs Kailey Robinson, Kelley Siem, Emily Groppe and Bria Hasenjaeger.

























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/17




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Sami Jacquin, a senior at Washington High School, recently received the Breaking Traditions Award through the STEM Foundation of Missouri.

With the award comes a $100 scholarship for Jacquin, who plans to attend Universal Technical Institute – Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fla.

Jacquin is a student in the Automotive Technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center. She was nominated for the award by Auto Tech instructor Gary Maune.

For 24 years, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence their career decisions.

Career Centers, public two-year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. Winners from the nine regions in the state are chosen by a panel of judges, and these finalists then compete for male and female secondary and post secondary/adult state awards.


Sami Jacquin, Washington High School senior and Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology student, received the Breaking Traditions Award through the STEM Foundation of Missouri, which includes a $100 scholarship. Jacquin, center right, received the award from Michelene Moeller, center left, of the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Also pictured are FRCC Automotive Technology instructors Gary Maune, left, and Dan Brinkmann.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/17




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Washington High School hosted the Class 4 District 5 Scholar Bowl meet on Saturday, April 8.  

Joining Washington in the district were Eureka, Pacific, Parkway South and Borgia. There are three preliminary games, and those are used to seed the single-elimination playoffs.  

Team captains drew numbers for the prelims draw.  Three teams had a bye round and two teams played all three.  Washington and Borgia drew the spots that played three matches.  

In Round 1, Washington defeated Eureka 580-270 and Parkway South beat Borgia 650-110. Pacific had a bye, which counts as a win. 

In Round 2, WHS beat Parkway South 550-260 and Pacific beat Borgia 390-270. Eureka had a bye.

In Round 3, WHS beat Borgia 660-130 and Eureka beat Pacific 470-220. Parkway South had a bye. 

After the prelim rounds, All-District medals went to the six players who averaged the most tossups per game. Washington’s Joe Stitz tied for second with 15 and Cole Phinney was fifth with 12. 

For the afternoon, WHS was the No. 1 seed at 3-0.  Parkway South, Eureka and Pacific were all 2-1, with seeds determined by scoring average. Borgia was eliminated at 0-3.

In the semifinals, WHS beat Pacific 710-120.  In all four classes, and all 64 districts, that's the single highest score in that round across the entire state.  Parkway South beat Eureka in the other semifinal 470-300 after trailing in the third quarter. 

The final was much closer than the first matchup, but WHS again beat Parkway South 450-390 to claim the district title for the second year in a row. 

Washington’s team members were Joe Stitz, Matt Chalem, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney.

Washington will host Francis Howell on Wednesday, April 26, in the sectional round in a best of three contest. The winner advances to state on May 6.


District Champions
Washington won the Class 4 District 5 Scholar Bowl championship. From left are Joe Stitz, Matt Chalem, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/10/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 5, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/5/17




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An exhibition performance of the Washington High School winter guards and winter drumline, as well as the Borgia High School winter guard, took place on Friday, March 31, at the WHS Blue Jay Gymnasium.

A large crowd turned out for the Friends and Family Pre-Championship Show.

The drumline show is called “The Duality of Man.” Drumline placed sixth in the Percussion Scholastic A Class at the MCCGA Championships on Saturday, April 1.

The 'A' Guard's show is called “Stone Cold.” They placed ninth in Scholastic A class at the MCCGA Championships 

The Open Guard’s show is called “OPEN to Interpretation.”  

The Open guard placed first in the Scholastic Open class at the MCCGA Championships. This group in now a state champion for the past six consecutive years (five years in Scholastic A Class, and this past year after being promoted to Scholastic Open Class).  

The Open Guard will compete in Winter Guard International World Championships April 5-8 in Dayton, Ohio.

Click on the attached link below for Washington Missourian photos from the performance.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/4/17




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Alicia Ley, a senior at Washington High School, has been awarded a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship.

The scholarship is for up to $180,000, which will pay for Ley’s tuition at the University of Arizona.

“I went through the application process and was shocked when I found out it was awarded to me,” Ley said. “One minute, I thought I was going to boot camp in June, and now I’m going to college at the University of Arizona.”

Ley chose the University of Arizona because of its Marine Corps and Arabic programs.

“It’s one of the only schools that offers both Marine Corps and Arabic. I want to study Arabic and the Middle East.”

Ley said in the summer of her junior year at Arizona, she will be required to attend OCS (Officer Candidate School). That will take place in Quantico, Va.

Ley has been with the NJROTC Program at WHS since her sophomore year. She’s now the Executive Officer.

“One day at school, I saw a Marine running around our track. He was running like 20 laps non-stop. I thought that was insane,” Ley said. “That’s when I decided to join.”

Alicia also competes in the pole vault for the WHS track and field team. She’s the daughter of Bill and Lisa Ley.


Alicia Ley

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/4/17




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On Saturday, April 1, Washington High School Scholar Bowl sent three teams to Ladue while Washington Middle School Brain Bowl sent four teams to Jefferson City.  It marked the final weekend of the regular season.

WHS A won at Ladue in a close final.  Their regular season record is 99-4 with 10 tournament wins.  WHS B finished fourth and the C team was 12th. WMS took the top four places at Jeff City.  

 

Washington High School

 

At Ladue, the 22 teams were placed into 4 groups - two groups of six, and two of five. The top two teams from each bracket moved to the playoffs.  

WHS A and B went undefeated in prelims and were in playoffs. 

WHS A had wins over Marquette A, Eureka, Orchard Farm B, Cuba, and Carbondale (IL) C.  

WHS B had wins over Helias, Priory A, Carbondale B, and Matoon (IL) C.  

WHS C had wins over Matoon A, Priory, and Oakville, but lost to MICDS and Louisiana to take third in their bracket and finish in the top tier of Consolation.  

WHS A swept through playoffs as well, with wins over Carbondale A, Louisiana, and Helias to end in Superplayoffs. 

WHS B defeated Orchard Farm A and Marquette A, but lost to MICDS to finish second in the playoffs, still in Superplayoffs. 

In Superplayoffs, WHS A beat WHS B and MICDS.  This was MICDS' only loss so far, setting up an advantaged final.  MICDS grabbed the first game of the final by 20 points - 375-355, but WHS  pulled out the win in the secnd game, 390-320.  

That game was WHS A's 11th of the tournament, setting their regular season record for the entire season at 99-4.  This was their 10th tournament win of the season.

WHS A team members were Joe Stitz (Sr.) (2nd place Individuals) , Matt Chalem (Sr.), Matt Dew (Sr.), and Cole Phinney (Sr.).

WHS B dropped the third-place game to Carbondale A to finish fourth overall.  

B Team members were Jonathan Amlong (Jr.) (5th place Individual), James Collier (So.), Carrie Derner (Jr.) and Spencer Johnson (Sr.)

WHS C finished the entire day at 5-5, earning additional wins over Marquette B and Priory A.  The entire C team is made of freshmen.

C Team members were Audrey Bush (finished the day as the 10th highest scorer out of 98 players), Marcy Lampe (who was 24th place herself), Ely Schulte, and Elise Thierbach.

WHS A team members were Joe Stitz (Sr.) (2nd place Individuals) , Matt Chalem (Sr.), Matt Dew (Sr.), and Cole Phinney (Sr.).

 

Washington Middle School

 

WMS finished first, second, third and fourth at Jefferson City. No WMS team lost to a team from a different school all day. Each team managed to beat at least one of the other WMS teams and in doing so completed a circle. WMS had 9 of the top 10 scoring players.  

 

The first-place team was WMS Las Puertes. They avenged their only loss in the final, and ended the day 9-1.  Team members were Max Grimes, Harsh Patel, Michael Lampe (6th) and Kaleb Burr (2nd).

 

The only team to beat Las Puertas during the day was WMS Omicron Fire, who placed second at 8-2. Team members were Evan Courtaway (7th) and Zach Miesner (1st)

 

The third-place team was WMS Ravenclaw, who also avenged a loss in the third-place game.  They also had a win over Omicron Fire during the day.  Team members were Samantha Doepker (2nd), Katlynn Miller (10th) and Madison Godefroid.

 

In fourth place was WMS Wayne Enterprises, who had beaten Ravenclaw in the first round, only to lose in the third-place game. Team members were Hayden Thiemann (5th), Silas Clements (8th) and Kyle Meyer (9th).  


WMS first-place team members were Max Grimes, Harsh Patel, Michael Lampe and Kaleb Burr.


WMS second-place team members were Evan Courtaway and Zach Miesner.


WMS third-place team members were Samantha Doepker, Katlynn Miller and Madison Godefroid.


WMS fourth-place team members were Hayden Thiemann, Silas Clements and Kyle Meyer.


Washington Middle School Scholar Bowl Team.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/17




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Washington High School’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) will host an event called “Steph’s Night,” for St. Francis Borgia High School student Stephanie Lindemann, who was diagnosed with stage four Ewing Sarcoma in November of 2015.

After 13 months of chemo and radiation to try and beat the bone cancer, doctors said Stephanie was in remission. But in January of 2017, she relapsed.

Steph’s Night, a benefit fundraiser for Lindemann, will be Friday, April 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the “Big” and “Little Blue Jay” Gymnasiums at Washington High School. It will feature fun and games, a mini carnival with a bounce house, and a dodgeball tournament between Washington and Borgia students.

There will also be food, drinks, and customized T-shirts available for purchase. Hair donations will be accepted and there will be a silent auction raffle.

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Lindemann family.

Click the links below for more details on Stephanie Lindemann’s journey.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/17




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The Washington High School English Department hosted an English Expo on Thursday, March 30th, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The expo ran all day, and all WHS English classes participated, as well as eighth-grade students from Washington Middle School.

WHS English teachers set up a booth to showcase student work and engage students in English activities.

It was a way to promote the WHS English Department and showcase the opportunities it provides to students.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/31/17




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Washington High School’s Prom, “A Red Carpet Affair,” is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, from 6:30-11 p.m. at Busch Stadium’s Redbird Club in St. Louis.

Tickets are $60 and are on sale until April 13.

Complete details on the prom, including ticket sales, transportation, menu items, transportation and guest forms, and more, can be founding by clicking here, or on the attached link below.

2017 WHS Prom Court:

Clayton Duchatschek and Lauren Kazmaier;

Joe Omer and Payton Owens;

Adam Gauzy and Paige Nye;

AJ Aholt and Kelley Siem;

Otto Spaunhorst and Emma Pabst;

William Forbes and Parker Nye;

Noah Elbert and Hayley Laubinger;

Max Ruether and Mary Hinnah.

The senior class overwhelmingly voted for Evan McKeever, a student in the Life Skills program, to be the honorary Prom King.


Washington High School Prom Court

Front row, from left, are Joe Omer, Evan McKeever and AJ Aholt. Second row, from left, are Otto Spaunhorst, Parker Nye, Payton Owens, Emma Pabst and Hayley Laubinger. Third row, from left, are Mary Hinnah, Lauren Kazmaier, Clayton Duchatschek and Adam Gauzy. Back row, from left, are Kelley Siem, Noah Elbert, William Forbes and Paige Nye. Not shown is Max Ruether.



Honorary Prom King Evan McKeever and Hayley Laubinger


Clayton Duchatschek and Lauren Kazmaier


Joe Omer and Payton Owens


Adam Gauzy and Paige Nye


AJ Aholt and Kelley Siem


Otto Spaunhorst and Emma Pabst


William Forbes and Parker Nye


Noah Elbert and Hayley Laubinger


Max Ruether and Mary Hinnah

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Published: 3/31/17




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The School District of Washington’s Board of Education honored two staff members and a student during its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 28, at Four Rivers Career Center.

Lindsey Jasper, School District of Washington Social Worker, recently was honored as the Franklin County Service Provider of the Year.

The award was presented to Jasper during the Franklin County Service Providers annual luncheon on Tuesday, March 7.

The Franklin County Service Providers networks and collaborates with people in the community to help their clients and students. They meet monthly to share concerns, resources, and ideas on meeting the needs of their community.

Jasper has been a social worker in the School District of Washington for five years.

“I’m really honored to receive this award,” Jasper said. “This only was possible with everyone working together as a team. As service providers, we network and work hard to do what’s best for our clients.”

Jasper was nominated for the award by her peers and was selected by a committee. She was recognized for her work in the School District of Washington and starting work on the homeless task force.

Washington High School business instructor Kim Minnich-Contarini and senior Taylor Hanneken recently were recognized by the National Center for Women in Technology. Both received an honorable mention award for aspirations in computing.

Minnich-Contarini was selected for her role in helping prepare students for bright futures in the IT and computing fields. 

Hanneken was selected for her aptitude and interest in IT and computing and her superior academic history and leadership skills.

Hanneken plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to major in graphic design and possibly minor in marketing. She’s also involved with the National Honor Society, CAPS, and is on the Renaissance Committee.

See the photos below of the Board of Education recognizing Japer, Minnich-Contarini and Hanneken.


Women in Technology Award

Washington High School business instructor Kim Minnich-Contarini, left, and senior Taylor Hanneken recently were recognized by the National Center for Women in Technology. Both received an honorable mention award for aspirations in computing.


Women in Technology Award

Kim Minnich-Contarini and Taylor Hanneken are pictured with the Board of Education for both being recognized by the National Center for Women in Technology. From left are Rebecca Voelkerding, John Freitag, WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum, Minnich-Contarini, Susan Thatcher, Hanneken, Kevin Blackburn, Dan Contarini and Scott Byrne.
 

Franklin County Service Provider of the Year


Lindsey Jasper, School District of Washington Social Worker, recently was named the Franklin County Service Provider of the Year.


Franklin County Service Provider of the Year

Lindsey Jasper, School District of Washington Social Worker, was recognized by the Board of Education for being named the Franklin County Service Provider of the Year. From left are John Freitag, Rebecca Voelkerding, Susan Thatcher, Jasper, Kevin Blackburn, Dan Contarini and Scott Byrne.

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Published: 3/30/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 29, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/29/17




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Richard Fields was recognized as the Washington High School Student of the Month by the Washington Rotary Club.

Fields is a senior at Washington High School. He’s involved in NJROTC, DECA, wrestling and track and field. He holds a 3.2 grade-point average.

After graduation, Fields will enlist in the United States Army. He does not yet know where he will be stationed for basic training.

Richard is the son of Douglas Fields and Sarah Scott.


Richard Fields, left, receives his Rotary student of the month plaque from Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/28/17




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WINGS is celebrating “25 Years Investing in Kids” this school year. Help them celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 12, the day WINGS was established, by honoring a School District of Washington staff member.

Show your appreciation to a teacher or district employee who has made a difference in your child’s life or your own life, by sending them a flower and a card with a personal message from you or your child, and help fund the WINGS Teacher Grants Program.

These grants enable teachers to bring new and innovative programs to the classroom that cannot be funded by the school district.

Board members of the WINGS Foundation will hand deliver the flowers and cards to each honoree on Wednesday, April 12.

Here is how to honor a district employee through the WINGS Educational Foundation:

1. Select a teacher, support staff, or administrator to honor.

2. Complete the information sheet by clicking on the attached link below.

3. Make your tax-deductible donation payable to: WINGS Educational Foundation

4. Send your cash or check and completed information to:

WINGS Teacher Recognition

PO Box 203

Washington, MO 63090

Or

Drop off the information at the WINGS office located at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington

Or

Your child’s school can also send the information to the WINGS office through the district inner office mail. Ask the secretary at your child’s school for more information.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 4.

Deliveries will be on April 12.

We hope you will take this opportunity to honor a staff member or teacher. Your contributions will benefit all students. The WINGS Educational Foundation Board, along with the educators and students who will benefit from your support, thank you in advance. Please direct questions to: wings@washington.k12.mo.us or call 636-231-2100.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/28/17




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Washington High School held a Color the Campus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday, March 18, on the WHS campus.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

There were over 100 participants for this year’s event.

“I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the students and staff who volunteered their time before, during and after the event.  This would have never been possible without all of their support and help,” said event organizer Samantha Loepker. “The total raised for the scholarship will be shared as soon as we get final numbers in. We can't wait for the 2nd Annual Color the Campus Run/Walk next year. It will be even bigger and better.”

Photos from the Color the Campus Run are below.

Click on the attached link below for the Color the Campus Run Facebook page, which has additional photos.
















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Published: 3/21/17




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The School District of Washington will be out of session Monday-Friday, March 20-24, for Spring Break.

Students return to school on Monday, March 27.

Click on the attached link below for the 2016-17 SDOW academic calendar.

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Published: 3/20/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The March 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jennifer Maune, Chris Redd and Pat Moore.

Maune is a third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary. Redd is the Practical Nursing Coordinator at Four Rivers Career Center and Health Services Administrator for the SDOW. Moore is an Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Chris Redd

Chris Redd, Practical Nursing Coordinator and Health Services Administrator, is a graduate of Washington High School. She attended Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. This is her 16th year with the School District of Washington. She’s been a nurse for 25 years.

 

*Describe your job duties

“I run the nursing program, so I’m in charge of day-to-day student life with them. I teach in the classroom. I do clinical with my students. I recruit and bring in new students. I test for students. On the health services side, I’m in charge of the 10 district nurses that we have. I schedule them. I do the day-to-day calls and evaluations, covering for their shifts and everything else involving them. So I kind of wear two hats.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The teaching part. When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. I went to nursing school. So now I get to teach nurses, which is the best part. I enjoy going out in the community and see my former students be nurses.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“Very detail-oriented, very organized, which I think is something all nurses have to be. I try to show that so my students see that. Once you get into nursing, if you’re not organized, it’s not going to work.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about the Four Rivers Career Center?

“It’s a whole different animal because we’re working with people who were teachers second, and worked in the industry first. It’s like working in an auto shop with some welders and carpenters running around. It’s not like a regular classroom or a regular school setting. We don’t have a lunch room. We have a bunch of talented people doing their thing. I can look out my window and see a forklift driving by dodging cars in the parking lot. You just never know what you’re going to see around here.”

 

*Why should students who are thinking about the Four Rivers Career Center give it a chance?

“It’s not your normal school environment. A lot of kids and adults aren’t cut out to go to a four-year college, so we give people an opportunity to get a good job and a good career after school. They can leave here and get a good job without that college setting.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have two teenage kids, so I spend a lot of my time running them around. I used to play tennis a lot and I’d like to do that again eventually.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I will always be a teacher. When I retire, I still would like to stay in nursing - maybe work at the hospital for a couple of hours or be a substitute for the school nurses. I’d like to use my nursing license to go on one of those Honduras trips, and help the people there. That would be an incredible experience.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“We are all year long, so it would probably be that June and July time, when my students are starting to look for jobs and getting ready to take boards, and they’re getting ready to graduate. It’s a time where they’re stress is lifting a little. So probably those last couple of months of school for my students.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“Five minutes. When the computers go down here, I freak out. Personally or professionally, not long.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“Don’t ever get a credit card. Study a little harder in school so there are more scholarship opportunities. Pay attention to what is going on around you.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I worked at Happy Apple putting lids on the four packs.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“I used to live in Colorado. How about a mountain hideaway during the summer and a beach house during the winter?”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Definitely a comedy. I can’t watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I like to cook and eat.”


Chris Redd

 

Pat Moore

Pat Moore, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services, is in her 17th and final year at the School District of Washington. She will retire at the end of July. Moore is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and earned a Secretarial Degree from Sanford-Brown College.

 

*Describe your job duties

“Supporting Dr. (Rachael) Franssen. (Assistant Superintendent). I schedule interviews, work on background checks, I’m in charge of required training. I help with Challenge, Section 504. I work on a number of different things.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I really like what I do. It was a hard decision to decide to retire. The best part is working with Rachael and helping her with different situations that come up. That’s what I like doing the best. I really like working with people and solving problems.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m a hard worker who is very organized. I like to stay very busy. I think I’m kind and generous and I really like helping people.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the District Office at Locust Street?

“I work with a great group of people. We have really important things that we handle here.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have a lot of hobbies. They’re all old, grandma kind of things. I am a basket weaver. I teach basket weaving classes, and I also quilt.”

 

*What are you most looking forward to about retirement?

“Having more time and being able to do my basket weaving teaching classes. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grand-kids. I have five grand-kids.”

 

What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Once we get past the beginning of the school year and everything is rolling like a well-oiled machine. I also like this time of the year, in the spring, when we start hiring. A lot of times when you give people a job, it’s a life-changing thing for them in a good way.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I don’t have Internet at home, but I have it at work. Maybe half a day at work until I would really need it.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“To think harder about going to college and becoming a teacher. I like being a secretary, but I should have been a teacher. That’s why I teach basket weaving.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a back-up cook at Nickerson Farms in High Hill, Missouri, close to wear I grew up in Bellflower. It’s about 15 miles north of Warrenton in Montgomery County. I grew up on a farm. My parents raised 10 kids (9 of them girls) on 200 acres. We were farm girls. My dad worked us like boys. We had to put up hay and do that kind of stuff. I still complain about that.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Beach house. I love walking on the beach at night.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy, but I’d rather watch a love story. I never watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I get to together with my family and visit without all of the hoopla.”

 

*How would you sum up your career with the School District of Washington?

“It’s been great. This is the best job I’ve ever had. I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to work at Locust Street with the administrators. It’s been a wonderful 17 years. I really thought long and hard before I decided to retire. It was hard to make the decision to leave. I’m not leaving because I don’t like my job. I really love my job.”


Pat Moore

 

 

 

Jennifer Maune

Jennifer Maune, third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School. She attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Methodist. From William Woods University, she holds a Master’s degree in Administration, a Specialist degree and is two classes away from a Doctorate. This is Maune’s fourth year with the SDOW, all at Augusta Elementary. She also taught elementary at the Union and Francis Howell school districts. She’s been in education for 13 years. She worked at Boeing for three years before going into teaching.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to make an impact with my students every day in different way. Trying to see what they need from me to be successful on that day is the best part.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“I would consider myself very multi-task oriented, high energy, friendly and passionate about my job and about what I do. I love education. I love teaching. I love being a mom (four children ages 4,6,8 and 10- two boys and two girls).”

 

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Augusta Elementary?

“We’re a school of about 150 students. Every staff member knows every child’s name, and we know a little bit about them because we focus on building relationships. We are a small, rural, country school where we focus on doing things the right way and we focus on perseverance so the students are able to have that sense of success.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I really enjoy teaching, which I feel will make me an effective principal. I love making an impact with the students. Long-term goals are to be a principal within the district and eventually assistant superintendent sometime within my career. I would love to focus on curriculum instruction because I feel that’s what makes the biggest impact regarding students and staff. My philosophy is doing what makes sense for students and staff. If we’re all on the same page, then we’re always doing what’s best for the students.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Right about now because we have spring training starting. Some of my favorite sports are starting up. The kids have been hunkered in the classroom for the past couple of months, so now they’re starting to go outside again. They’re starting to transform into students for their next grade level. It’s neat to see them make that transition into future fourth-graders. It’s awesome to see them have that level of independence, ownership and confidence.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Being with my family. I take my kids on field trips almost every day during the summer. I love being outside. I play competitive softball.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I was one of the last people to make the transition to the iPhone. I was a flip phone girl. I didn’t think I needed it. I’m more of a people and relationships person. But I’m now on Twitter and Facebook and learning that. I teach with technology, and I can’t go back. So I need Internet in my classroom.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“You have a great life ahead of you. Things do happen for a reason, even though I might be wondering now why I went to Mizzou and majored in business when I ended up not staying at Boeing. But I kind of operate my classroom from a business perspective. I have that real world connection that I bring to the classroom, and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a golf caddy at Boone Valley in Augusta. I was the first female to get the Evans Scholarship (given to golf caddys) in the state of Missouri. It was a full ride to Mizzou for a golf caddy. I was the first female at Mizzou to get it, so they didn’t know what to do with me because there were 40 guys and one female. So they put me up in a dorm the first semester, and then I told them that I need to be with the rest of the group, so I moved in with the boys. It was wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing. I would recommend being a golf caddy to everyone. It’s good exercise and a great networking opportunity. The people you meet are amazing.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Mountain hideaway.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy. I hate scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because we go to my Aunt Darla’s and we shoot clay birds, we have a hay ride, a giant bonfire, play poker, have a big meal, and we’re just all together. My second favorite holiday is Christmas  because of the break and the time I get to spend with my family. But I’m not a fan of snow and ice.”


Jennifer Maune


Jennifer Maune with her third-grade students at Augusta Elementary.

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Published: 3/17/17




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The Road Home is a homelessness awareness event to be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, at Union High School.  

Local high school students are encouraged to participate in order to learn about homelessness in our community.

Students will experience a day in the life of a homeless adult, student or child, work on service projects including making blankets, preparing meal packets, and planting tomato and pepper plants.  

This is a great way to learn about homelessness and discover ways to volunteer in our community.

There will be a benefit breakfast April 22 open to the public. Tickets are $7. All proceeds from this event will benefit local agencies serving our homeless population.  

Please visit and sign up at theroadhomeevent.com.

You may contact Lindsey Jasper, School Social Worker, or Katie Sandoval, School Counselor, at 636-231-2170 for additional information. 

Click on the attached links below for the Road Home agenda and flyer.

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Published: 3/16/17




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Washington High School Project Lead The Way Introduction to Biomedical Science high school teacher Krista Williams recently invited the Elementary Challenge first- and second-graders, taught by Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, to the fifth-hour high school PLTW Biomed class to a learning lab on the study of the heart.  

The lab was set up with stations in which the high school students guided an activity involving the elementary students on the intricacies of how the heart works.

The stations gave the students the opportunity to listen to their heartbeat using stethoscopes, determine their blood pressure with the use of a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff), and witness the electrical activity of their heart by performing an EKG.  

In addition, the students were given the opportunity to observe, sketch and hold a sheep’s heart.  

The elementary students also participated in activities testing the effect of exercise on heart rate.  

They also recreated the heart’s beating action by squeezing a tennis ball and recording the number of pulses, or work, their own heart does in one minute.  

At another station, the first- and second-graders were challenged with “pumping” as much blood as a human heart does in one minute by transferring water between buckets with cups.  

All of the students were involved and active. Both of the classes, high school and elementary students, are utilizing Project Lead The Way curriculum. The curriculum is designed using cross-disciplinary activities which promote problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration.  

The first- and second-grade Challenge students are engaged in the module in which they explore the relationship between structure and function in the human body. The high school students are currently working through a unit on Cardiovascular function and disease.  

The first- and second-grade students enjoy the interaction with the older kids and came away with specifics about the heart by experiencing simulations, experiments and observations.

The high school students love working with the younger students and through their explanations of the labs and activities, develop a deeper understanding of the concepts that they are learning in class.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/15/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 3/15/17




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The Parent Speaker Series' final session takes place at Washington High School Wednesday, March 15.

It will take place at the CJB Theater at Washington High School starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents do not need to register to attend.

The topics on March 15 will be:

* Warning signs of substance abuse

* Mental health

Washington High School is inviting all K-12 parents to attend the Speakers Series on March 15. It is open to all parents K-12.

The goal is to provide information on topics that may be of interest to parents in our district.

WHS is working in conjunction with the Washington Police Department and community agencies to bring in the Speakers Series.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer on the Parent Speaker Series.

 

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Published: 3/15/17




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The Washington High School Athletic Association will host its 24th Annual Dinner Auction, “Celebrating Champions,” on Saturday, April 22, at St. Gertrude’s Parish Center.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the oral auction at 8 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Sports attire is encouraged. All proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletics.

To make reservations, send payment and name to Stacy Schiermeier, 821 Scenic Ridge Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

For more information, contact Stacy Schiermeier at 636-358-2467 or Darrell Hasenjaeger at 314-550-5328.

Click on the attached link below to a see a flyer for the Washington High School Athletic Association Dinner Auction.

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Published: 3/10/17




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Washington High School will hold a Color the Campus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday, March 18, on the WHS campus.

Proceeds will benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed 5K (3.1 miles) and one-mile walk will be around the high school and the middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 7:30-8:15 a.m. The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee is $25 per person if the registration form is received after Feb. 24.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here to register online.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

Same-day registrations are accepted from 7:30-8:15 a.m. at the Big Blue Jay Gymnasium.

Thank you to the blue level sponsors, Bank of Franklin County and Daily Run Company, for their support in putting this event together. 

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker at 636-584-3814 or via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Published: 3/10/17




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Lindsey Jasper, School District of Washington Social Worker, recently was honored as the Franklin County Service Provider of the Year.

The award was presented to Jasper during the Franklin County Service Providers annual luncheon on Tuesday, March 7.

The Franklin County Service Providers networks and collaborates with people in the community to help their clients and students. They meet monthly to share concerns, resources, and ideas on meeting the needs of their community.

Jasper has been a social worker in the School District of Washington for five years.

“I’m really honored to receive this award,” Jasper said. “This only was possible with everyone working together as a team. As service providers, we network and work hard to do what’s best for our clients.”

Jasper was nominated for the award by her peers and was selected by a committee. She was recognized for her work in the School District of Washington and starting work on the homeless task force.

Lindsey Jasper

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/9/17




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The Washington High School Open Winter Guard is having another successful season.

The group of 13 athletes is competing in a new classification.

After their success at World Championships the past three seasons, Winter Guard International promoted the group to Open Class - a more demanding classification in skill level and performance demands.  

After five weeks of competing in the new Class, the team has gone undefeated.  

At the Springfield WGI Regional, Washington ended the day as Scholastic Open Champions, making this the second WGI Regional it has won this season.  

The WHS Open Winter Guard is ranked No. 1 in the state and is ranked in the top 10 nationally.  

“I’m very proud of these amazingly talented students,” said WHS Guard Director Julie Bunkley.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Wednesday, March 8.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday, March 8.

The modified day will be used for a staff work day in the afternoon.

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Published: 3/8/17




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, was held at Washington Middle School on Friday, March 3. It was the 17th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club.

The theme for the 2016 Family Reading Night was “Bedtime Stories.”

Children’s author Sherri Rinker was the featured author.

The guest readers were:

Junior Optimists International, WHS JOI Club;

State Rep. Justin Alferman;

WHS Girls Cross Country;

South Point Elementary Principals Aimee Harty and Melanie Trentmann;

Vocalist Cheryl Pecka;

Matt Coleman and Tom Dillon with the Washington Fire Department;

Sign Language Reading;

Washington Town & Country Fair Queen Court;

WHS Football Team;

WHS Wrestling Team;

EdRising, Teacher Cadet Program

St. Francis Borgia Starry Knights;

Officer Eric Saavadra, Washington Police Department;

Sheba & Immanuel Lutheran Comfort Dog Team;

Four Rivers Family YMCA;

Melissa Brinker, Our Lady of Lourdes School;

Parents as Teachers Educators;

Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy;

Cast of Shrek, East Central College;

Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery.

The Washington Police Department performed their annual skit, which involved Chief Ed Menefee, Detectives Kevin Blackburn and Betsy Schulze, and Officers Doug Tollison, Mindy Schmelz and Kyle Biesemann performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/17




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For the fourth straight season, the Washington Lady Jays are district girls basketball champions.

Playing in the title game of the Class 5 District 5 Tournament Thursday, March 2, at Eureka High School, the top-seeded Lady Jays knocked off second-seeded Lafayette, 48-32.

This will be the first senior class who leaves here with four district titles. It just goes to show the hard work the kids have put in over the last four years. They earned it,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We've played good competition all year to get ready for the postseason, and we're happy to come out on top.”

Washington (25-3) advances to the Class 5 sectional round against Kirkwood (24-3) Wednesday, March 8, for a 7:45 p.m. contest at St. Charles West High School.

The address to St. Charles West High School is 3601 Droste Rd., St. Charles, MO 63301.

Jackie Arnold and Reese Arnold both scored 14 points and Kyra Hardesty added 12 points for Washington against Lafayette. Nichole Brinker finished with four points. Emma Boehmer and Brooke Robinson both scored four points.

It feels really great. This was our expectation at the beginning of the year, and it feels great that we were able to fulfill our expectation. It feels really great to be able to win four districts in a row,” Hardesty said. “We're definitely a lot shorter than the past three years, but I think we're definitely a lot quicker going up and down the floor. Plus we have great three-point shooters, so that helps get us through the games.”

Washington’s three seniors are Hardesty, Boehmer and Cortney Eckelkamp.

Cortney doesn't play much, but she's fought just as hard as anyone in this program, and she's never complained. She does a lot of things in practice to help us, which is vital,” Fischer said. “Kyra and Emma have been varsity starters for us since they were freshmen. Our three seniors have played major roles in helping to build this program.”

Washington’s girls lost to Kirkwood 54-35 in the sectional round last season at St. Charles West.

“It's going to be a battle. We have to go there and play well,” Fischer said. “Hopefully the games we've played this year has us ready to play them on Wednesday.”

The Lady Jays reached the Class 5 state quarterfinals in 2015, losing to Parkway North, and the Class 5 sectional round in 2014, falling to Rock Bridge.

Photos from Washington’s district championship game are below.

Click on the attached links below for the MSHSAA Class 5 girls basketball championship bracket and the WHS girls basketball web page.


District Champions

Front row, from left, are Jackie Arnold, Nichole Brinker, Kyra Hardesty and Brooke Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Tess Marquart (manager), Morgan Holdmeyer (manager), Emmy Hopkins, Bria Hasenjaeger, Morgan Riegel, Olivia Robinson, Mary Beth Reust and Jessica Frick (manager). Back row, from left, are Dallas Stapp (assistant coach), Jennifer Heflin (assistant coach), Cortney Eckelkamp, Jessie Huxol, Emma Boehmer, Reese Arnold, Kailey Robinson, Adam Fischer (head coach), Drew Fischer (manager), Martina Roth (assistant coach) and Doug Light (assistant coach).


District Champions

Front row, from left, are Jackie Arnold, Nichole Brinker, Kyra Hardesty and Brooke Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Emmy Hopkins, Bria Hasenjaeger, Morgan Riegel, Olivia Robinson and Mary Beth Reust. Back row, from left, are Cortney Eckelkamp, Jessie Huxol, Emma Boehmer, Reese Arnold and Kailey Robinson.




























 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/3/17




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, will be held Friday, March 3, at Washington Middle School. It’s the 17th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Washington NEA and the Washington High School football team.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event runs from 6-8:30 p.m.

Family Reading Night is an annual free community celebration of reading. Everyone is welcome to attend. “Bedtime Stories” is the theme.

Scheduled to be on hand is New York Times No. 1 best-selling children’s author Sherri Duskey Rinker.

Reading stories in the 24 reading rooms will be community members, leaders, high school athletes and many more.

Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy, the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen and her court, and members of the state champion Post 218 American Legion baseball team, are just some of the scheduled readers.

Readers from the School District of Washington include the WHS girls cross country team, the WHS varsity football team, South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty and Assistant Principal Melanie Trentmann, EdRising Teaching Cadets and more.

Iron Spike Interactive Model Train Museum will host an all-ages reading room, and Washington Parents as Teachers will host a toddler room.

Craft tables are sponsored by parent-teacher groups from Campbellton Elementary, Clearview Elementary, Augusta Elementary, Immanuel Lutheran, Our Lady of Lourdes and Washington MNEA.

Families can gather again in the gymnasium at 8 p.m. to watch members of the Washington Police Department perform a skit of a popular children’s story.

Children who attend Family Reading Night and listen to at least two stories to get their bookmarks punched can enter a drawing for baskets of books donated by local individuals and organizations. The baskets drawing is the finale at about 8:30 p.m.

Many educators from the School District of Washington volunteer on the Family Reading Night committee, including Ann Loesing, Penny Heisel, Judy Straatmann, Valerie Jankowski, Jennifer Wirthwein, Danielle Snider, Amanda Nilges, Jessica Tollison, Rachael Eggert and Erin Gaebe.

Click on the link below for more information provided by the Washington Missourian on Family Reading Night.

A Team of Readers

The Washington High School varsity football team knows that reading is important and for the past nine years, members have raised funds to promote family reading at The Missourian's annual community celebration of reading, Family Reading Night. Families who read together leading up to the free event on March 3 can submit their reading logs for a chance to win gift certificates for books. Team members also will model the importance of reading to young fans in a reading room on Friday night. Doors open at Washington Middle School at 5:30 and bestselling children’s author Sherri Rinker will headline the program. Family Reading Night is sponsored by the Washington School District, Washington Optimist Club and The Missourian.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/3/17




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Washington High School Junior Class Officers and Prom Committee students visited Busch Stadium on Thursday, March 2, for a tour of the stadium and the Redbird Club, where the WHS prom will take place on May 6.

Students on hand were Kailey Robinson, Lauren Ancell, Abbey Jinkerson, Holly Hoerstkamp, Carrie Derner and Campbell Hamai.

Staff members making the trip were WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum, Prom Committee Advisers Dan Heck and Lisa Coffman, along with School Resource Officer Doug Tollison.

More information on the WHS Prom will be available soon on the WHS web page.

WHS Students Tour Busch Stadium for Prom

Students touring Busch Stadium and the Redbird Club, from left, were Kailey Robinson, Lauren Ancell, Abbey Jinkerson, Holly Hoerstkamp, Carrie Derner and Campbell Hamai.

 

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Published: 3/2/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 3/1/17




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The Washington High School Jaywalkers Dance Team captured state championship honors in the Division 4 Kick Routine during the Missouri Dance Team Association’s State Competition at the St. Charles Family Arena on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Jaywalkers, coached by Jo Phinney and Amy Oesterly, registered a Division 4 first-place performance in Kick and third place in Pom.

Additionally, the Jaywalkers received the Class 4 Team Academic Award for holding a 3.9 team grade-point average.

Team members for the WHS Jaywalkers are Rachel Bauche, Michelle Dew, Megan Duncan, Campbell Hamai, Gabriella Henzel, Sarah Hoemann, Molly Landolt, Lydia Lock, Meghan Mauldin, Payton Owens, Ellie Scheer, Anna Schneider, Elise Thierbach, Haley Woll and Grace Ziglin.

“I am so proud of this team for achieving one of the season’s original goals, which was winning at state. The girls worked hard all season,” Phinney said. “Also, I loved seeing how excited the girls were to win the academic award. It shows how much they believe in being student athletes.”

Tryouts for the 2017-18 WHS Jaywalkers are scheduled for April 6, 8 and 9 at the high school. For more information, contact Jo Phinney at jophinney@sbcglobal.net.


WHS Jaywalkers First Place in Division 4 Kick Routine


WHS Jaywalkers Third Place in Division 4 Pom Routine


WHS Jaywalkers Class 4 Team Academic Award, 3.9 Grade-Point Average.


WHS Jaywalkers Class 4 Team Academic Award, 3.9 Grade-Point Average.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/17




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Washington High School celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 21-24.

Chris Dunard, WHS Agriculture Education instructor and FFA adviser, and his students, participated in week-long activities at WHS.
*Tuesday, Feb. 21 - State FFA Vice President Macy Hurst visited WHS during the day to talk to students about "Advocating for Agriculture.” She also worked with the students on being leaders.
*Wednesday, Feb. 22 - Cherry Pie Day and Official FFA Dress Day. Students wore their Official FFA Dress and delivered cherry pies to their supporters and sponsors.
*Thursday, Feb. 23 -  Faculty, Staff, and FFA Member BBQ. FFA members cooked and provided lunch to WHS staff for supporting their program.
*Friday, Feb. 24 - Tractor Safety Day and Petting Zoo. Students who met the requirements brought their tractors or farm animals to school. Tractors were judged on safety requirements. The farm animals were displayed for all to see.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The February 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Lynne Kuchem, Joe Dierks and Julie McBride.

Dierks is an assistant principal at Washington High School. McBride is a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary. Kuchem is the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Lynne Kuchem

Lynne Kuchem, the secretary at Campbellton Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and attended East Central College. She has been with the SDOW for 13 years, all as the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m very family oriented and I’m a fun-loving person.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“Attendance, answering the door, answering the phone. Some days it’s helping with lunch aide, scanning in the lunch room, taking care of the lunch money. Basically anything anybody needs.”


*Best part about your job?

“The kids, and the people I work with. We’re like a big family here. I love my job.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Campbellton Elementary?

“It’s a great place. It’s small and its very community and family oriented. Everybody really gets along.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to flower garden. I like to read. But above all, I like to spend time with my grand-kids, and my kids. I have five grand-kids ranging in age from 1 to 9.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“My grand-kids, and going to Los Cabos. And I love vacations at the beach. We go to the Fort Walton/Destin (Florida) area with the family pretty much every year. It’s great.”

 

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The fall when school starts is stressful. It gets better after the first few weeks when things settle down. I like the holidays. Christmas here at Campbellton is really fun. Not that I’m looking for the school year to end, but I always enjoy the summer, and then I’m always ready to come back in the fall.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Washington, Missouri. I love Washington. I’m lucky because all three of my kids live here. I grew up here. My parents grew up here. I drive along Front Street and see the flowers and the river. It’s a family oriented community. Some people don’t like that, but I do.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“Our own house at the beach, not to live there, but a vacation home. My family would also like to have a lake house around here where they could fish at.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Not worrying about anything. You wake up and have a clean slate every day.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“Play the piano, and sing. Every time someone in my family has a birthday, I call them and sing, ‘Happy Birthday.’ They expect it now, and they’d be disappointed if I didn’t do it.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My mother-in-law, Rita Kuchem. She’s awesome. She’s had a lot of hard knocks in her life. She’s amazing. She’s there for the great grand-kids and the grand-kids, and her kids. She’s the youngest great grand-mother I’ve ever known. I hope I can be as good of a great-grandma one day.”


Lynne Kuchem

Joe Dierks

Joe Dierks, assistant principal at Washington High School, is a graduate of Steeleville, Ill., High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds Master’s degrees from Southwest Baptist University in both curriculum and instruction and education administration. This is his second year with the SDOW and 17th year in education after previously teaching (social students and history) and coaching (basketball and cross country) at Valley Park and Crocker High Schools.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and educator?

“I’m a work-hard, play-hard guy. I like to be on the go and have a full schedule. My son, Drew, is a big part of my life and my wife’s life. If I’m not here doing something one night, I’m usually involved with one of his activities, and that’s how I like it.

“I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed every day in the classroom. I love working with kids. I have a real passion for history and social studies. It was my mission to spice up history and social studies and make them fun classes for the students. My favorite thing to do, as an administrator, is classroom observation and watching teachers do their thing.

“I didn’t always want to be an administrator. There was nine years between my two Master’s degrees. I got the first one to rise up on the salary schedule, and was very comfortable with that. At Valley Park, I began doing some things and helping the staff with new initiatives. We did some cool things and became a Blue Ribbon school. I helped the staff, who then helped the students, and we worked well together as a team, so I thought maybe this was something I could do. Valley Park was right around 290 to 300 kids, which was right on that threshold, do we need an assistant principal or not? So I became the free assistant principal. I enjoyed working with teachers and kids in that capacity. I subbed a lot for our first-year principal while he was out at leadership academies. So I didn’t even entertain the idea of being an administrator until my 14th or 15th year of teaching.”

 

*What’s been your impressions of Washington High School in your two years here?

“A little eye-opening. It was really tough in the beginning to transition to such a big school. I struggle with names because there’s so many kids. I like to call kids by their name, and I’m trying to get better, but there’s just so many. I went to a high school of 140, and then the two high schools I taught at were 180 and 280, so I knew every single kid in the school. Here, it’s tough to do that. There are also so many teachers. I really want to sit down with every teacher once a year and at least talk to them a little. Our whole team tries to do observations with every teacher at least once every school year. I’m awfully glad we have a four-person administration team here at the high school.”


*Best part about your job?

“Being able to go to the bathroom whenever you want. I think if done right, teaching is the most difficult job in the world. If not done right, that’s a different story. The best part is seeing our teachers doing their thing, and being able to help them a little bit. I love teacher observations because I get to see teachers and students in their element. I also enjoy supervision. I try to take as much supervision as I can if I can work around my son’s schedule because seeing kids succeed in what they’re doing is fun for me.

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington High School?

“The kids we have at the high school are some of the best kids I’ve ever been around. There’s a lot of good parenting and strong core values going on here. A huge percentage of our students are really good kids and they are getting the opportunity to do some pretty cool things here. There are so many different things for them to get involved in, and that’s the advantage of a big school. Our teachers and our entire staff really support the students and what they want to do. And that starts at the top with Dr. VanLeer and filters all the way down.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to watch sports. I’m not sure I want to be involved with coaching again, but I like watching sports. I couldn’t imagine life without watching high school and college basketball. We even try to hit a couple NBA games every year. I like to read about history when I have the time. I have a stack of books a mile high that I want to read. I’m a movie and music buff. I love ‘80s music, pop, not rock. My wife is quite the heavy metal person. She’s into Tool, Rage Against the Machine, it’s crazy. I’m more of a Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Boy George, Duran Duran type of guy. If given the time and the money, I would be somewhere tropical a lot. I really like the beach. My wife and I have gone to Mexico every year for the last 13 years, and spend four or five days just not thinking and decompressing. We go with friends and we all leave our kids with grandma and grandpa.

 

*What cheers you up?

“My son Drew, and watching him do things that I’ve taught him. He’s going to be 8 next month. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see him having fun. Being warm also cheers me up. I hate the cold. I struggle with the winter. That first 80 degree day of the year, I’m walking on sunshine.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I like seeing the kids come back in at the beginning. I really like the end of the school year also, not because we’re getting out, but as a long time AP teacher, I really like pumping kids up to that AP national exam and that total focus I see in an AP classroom at the end of the year. That’s a lot of fun.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Somewhere where it never gets below 70 degrees. Maybe Phoenix or Miami, because I would have to watch some college and professional basketball.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“A small condo with a nice outdoor space somewhere warm. I don’t need anything big because I’m never going to be inside. Of course, that would be after I finished my signed contract with the School District of Washington. I would full fill my contractual obligations and then you would never see me again.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“It seems like things were a lot easier back then. Every day during the summer, you could take off on your bike and play wiffle ball all day. The rule was when the street lights came on, you had 10 minutes to get home. It’s different these days. It’s really tough being a kid today.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I wish I could sing. That would be great. Especially being able to hit the high notes, like a-ha.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My grand-father Dierks was my best friend. They lived close to us. He was strict and I had to live by his rules, but I liked that. I liked the structure. We went fishing and hunting. I don’t know if I really enjoyed doing those things, but I enjoyed it because I was with him. He imparted a lot of knowledge. Here’s how you clean the fish, and he’d make me do it myself. If I screwed up, he’d make me do it right on the next one and he’d never take over and do it for me. He didn’t accept excuses. He was quick to criticize, but also quick to praise, and I think I took that into my teaching and coaching. He was a big influence with me. I’m a 40-year old who acts like a 60-year old because my role model grew up during the depression.”


Joe Dierks

 

Julie McBride

Julie McBride, a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary, was a student in the Washington School District throughout her K-12 career. She attended South Point, Fifth Street and was in the last class at Locust Street as a sixth-grader, before going to the middle school and the high school. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and received her Master’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. She’s been a teacher for 25 years, 24 years teaching third grade at South Point Elementary and then Washington West Elementary.

 

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?
“As a person, I would say I’m very organized. I don’t like having things to do on my desk. If there’s a task, I want to get it done. As a teacher, I like getting to know my students, and I like reaching the one who needs a little extra. I usually don’t give up on those hard cases. Usually by the end of the year I can reach almost all of them.”

 

*Best part about your job?
“Working with the students who need the extra attention; the ones who either don’t like school or have always failed. Getting to see that change is the best part.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington West Elementary?

“From the custodians to the principal, everybody has the kids’ best interests at heart. There’s so much going on out there anti-education and anti-teaching, this is terrible and that’s terrible. I just think if they were in the classroom and really saw what everybody does every day, they would see a big difference from what they see on the news.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Scrapbooking and spending time with my family, I have three grandchildren (ages 4 years, 3 years and 8 months) who keep us busy. Also my husband and I go hiking, so I like to get out, go hiking and just get away from everything.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“Spending time with my grand-children.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“All teachers like the end of May, but at the end of the school year you can see how far your students have come since the beginning of the school year, and I always enjoy that part of it.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I would live in the Northwest, in Oregon. It’s gorgeous. Perfect weather. Great hiking. Close to the ocean. I would move there in a heartbeat.

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“I don’t know that I would buy anything. I would use the money to travel. And I would take care of my children and their families.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Sometimes I miss the no responsibility part of being a kid. I miss being a kid in the days back when I was a kid.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

"Rock climbing."

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“The person who I taught with for 20 years, Janet Kleinheider. She was an amazing teacher and is still an amazing friend. As I get to the end of my teaching career, I want to go out the same way she did, which was still changing things up very year and still being a strong teacher and not phoning it in. She was really good at what she did.”


Julie McBride

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Published: 2/24/17




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The Washington High School Theatre Guild presents “Little Women” Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4, at the CJ Burger Auditorium at WHS. Times for all three days are 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $10 and can be purchased by contacting Penny Wilmesherr at WHS at 636-231-2200.

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Published: 2/23/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 22, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 2/22/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Friday, Feb. 17, for staff professional development in the afternoon and there will be no school on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

Early Learning Center - No school for half day programs. School will be in session for full day programs. 

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

Click on the links below for the modified day schedule and procedures and the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 2/17/17




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Washington High School held a “Send Off to State” pep assembly in the Blue Jay Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 15.

Representing Washington High School at upcoming state competitions and being recognized at the assembly were eight members of the varsity wrestling team, the Jaywalkers dance team, students from  DECA, and students from FFA (Future Farmers of America).

Each student was recognized individual before the WHS student body.

The WHS pep band also performed during the assembly.

Photos from the WHS “Send Off to State” pep assembly are below.















 

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Published: 2/16/17




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Four Rivers Career Center is hosting an open house on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-8 p.m.

The open house will showcase facilities and students’ work. Students considering any of the FRCC’s programs are encouraged to attend and bring along the family.

High school students, parents and adult students are invited to tour the building and meet instructors to discuss the following programs:

*Automotive Technology

*Automotive Collision Repair

*Building Construction

*Teaching Careers

*Graphic Communications

*Global Business and Entrepeneur

*Machine Tool

*Welding

*Practical Nursing

*Health Occupations

*Information Technology

The Four Rivers Career Center is located at 1978 Image Drive in Washington. For more information, call 636-231-2100.

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Attention Area First Responders: Please join us on Friday, Feb. 17, for First Responders Appreciation Night at Washington High School’s girls and boys basketball doubleheader against Ft. Zumwalt North.

There will be free admission for all First Responders in uniform. The varsity girls game begins at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.

First Responders Recognition will be on the floor prior to the tip-off of the varsity boys game at approximately 7:30 p.m.

We ask that First Responders arrive by 7 p.m. to give us time to organize the group prior to taking the floor.
Schedule of Events:

6 p.m. – Varsity Girls Game Begins

7:15 p.m. – Varsity Boys Warm-Ups

7:30 p.m. – NJROTC Guard (Presentation of Colors)

God Bless America by WHS Choir Members

National Anthem by WHS Pep Band

First Responders Recognition

Varsity Boys Starting Lineups

Halftime: Jaywalkers Performance

WMS Basketball Recognition

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Published: 2/15/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 2/15/17




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Ten NNDCC/NJROTC Washington cadets volunteered to take the National Academic Exam during the week of Jan. 9-13, competing against NJROTC/NNDCC units from all across the United States.

In total, 1,746 teams competed in the National Academic Exam. NNDCC/NJROTC Washington is part of Area Nine. 

There were 136 teams competing in Area Nine, which include units in the states of New Mexico, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. 

The Washington Unit had two teams in the competition and each team consisted of groups of five. 

Team 1 (Gold) and Team 2 (Blue) both ranked in the top 20 percent of the United States. Team 1 was ranked 353rd  and Team 2 was 493rd out of 1,746 teams. 

In Area Nine, Team 1 was 23rd and Team 2 was 28th out of 136 teams. 

The members of the teams were made up of Washington High School and Borgia cadets. They were WHS cadets Wesley Kamper, Joshua Adrian, Alexander Davis, Summer Hopper, Ethan Strubberg, Zachary Batson, Mitchell Zurick and Justin Kitchell, and Borgia students Jackson Piontek and Brandon Siess.

“Making the top 20 percent is a great accomplishment and brings a lot of well-deserved recognition to our program,” said Lt. Tim Raines, Washington instructor. “At the end of the year, we will be awarded bonus points for being in the top 20 percent. This could potentially put us on the path of being recognized as a Distinguished Unit. 

“If we earn this distinguished recognition, the Senior Naval Science Instructor will have the ability to nominate NJROTC cadets to the Service Academies (West Point, USNA, USAF Academy). This honor is usually only reserved for the President, Vice President, and US Senators with limits per year.”

Click on the attached links below for more detailed results from the National Academic Exam.

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Published: 2/13/17




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Kyra Hardesty has been selected as the Washington Rotary Club Student of the Month for Washington High School.

Hardesty is a senior at Washington High School and is part of the Four Rivers Career Center’s CAPS teaching careers program. At the high school, she’s involved with NJROTC and is a member of the girls basketball team. She holds a 3.5 grade-point average.

After graduation, Hardesty plans on attending College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., where she will play basketball and study either special education or early childhood education.

Hardesty was presented her student of the month plaque by Nikki Coleman from the Washington Rotary Club. See the photo below.  

Kyra Hardesty, right, is presented her student of the month plaque by Nikki Coleman from the Washington Rotary Club.

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Published: 2/13/17




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Students in Steve Kessel’s fourth-grade STEM class (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Augusta Elementary had the chance to hear from a guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on the topic of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge currently being constructed.

Speaking to the students was Matt Jacobi, a 22-year old with Alberici Constructors, which is the construction company that won the bidding rights for the Highway 47 Washington bridge project. Jacobi is one of six project engineers for the construction of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge. Also on hand was Tammy Swyers of Alberici Constructors.

Jacobi is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Alberici Constructors is the 31st largest construction company in the United States and does work throughout North America.

Jacobi spoke to the students about the design, construction and building of bridges and how the workers are tackling the Washington bridge project.

Jacobi said there are 40 to 50 workers from Alberici Constructors currently on the Washington bridge project, and that number will grow to 70 to 100 workers as the project develops. There also are five inspectors on site from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The projected completion date for the new Washington bridge is November of 2018.

Following his presentation, Jacobi answered questions from nearly all of the 28 Augusta Elementary STEM students on hand.

Fourth-grade STEM students in the SDOW currently are engaged in a bridge building unit in their classes.

Jacobi’s presentation was recorded on video and will be shown to the other STEM fourth-grade classes throughout the School District of Washington. Photos are below.

Click on the attached links below for the video of the presentation and for more information from MoDOT on the Highway 47 Washington bridge project.

A camera is placed on the Washington side of the bridge. The MoDOT link below displays a new picture every 10 to 20 minutes, allowing citizens to see frequent updates on the progress of the new bridge.

 



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/10/17




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Winter Courtwarming festivities at Washington High School are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10.

The theme this year is “A Night Under the Stars.”

The Courtwarming dance takes place following the varsity boys basketball game against Liberty. The varsity boys game will start around 7:30 p.m. The dance will end at 11 p.m.

Washington’s varsity girls play Liberty at 6 p.m.

The junior varsity games will be played in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium with the boys contest at 6 p.m. followed by the girls at 7:30 p.m.

Students on the Courtwarming Court are Cole Phinney, Carrie Derner, Ben Straatmann, Alexis Pieper, Nick Sikes, Allison Skaggs, Otto Spaunhorst, Katie Baer, Noah Schroepfer, Emmy Hopkins, Jeff Peters, Lauren Kazmaier, Richard Fields, Chiara Mainardi, Jordan Tullock and Mary Hinnah.  

Photos of the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court are below.  


Pictured is the 2017 Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court. Front row, from left, are Ben Straatmann, Alexis Pieper, Cole Phinney and Carrie Derner. Middle row, from left, are Lauren Kazmaier, Jeff Peters, Allison Skaggs, Nick Sikes, Emmy Hopkins and Noah Schroepfer. Back row, from left, are Mary Hinnah and Jordan Tullock. Not shown are Richard Fields, Chiara Mainardi, Otto Spaunhorst and Katie Baer.


Cole Phinney and Carrie Derner


Ben Straatmann and Alexis Pieper


Nick Sikes and Allison Skaggs

Otto Spaunhorst and Katie Baer


Noah Schroepfer and Emmy Hopkins

Jeff Peters and Lauren Kazmaier

Richard Fields and Chiara Mainardi

Jordan Tullock and Mary Hinnah

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Published: 2/9/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 28, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Around the World.”

The registration committee is busy designing the names tags to resemble boarding passes. The bags will include a globe/airplane design and decorations will incorporate a global theme. The message is that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

This year’s event chairs are seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Check-in will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to register for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life.

Registration is due by March 10. The poster/essay contest is due April 17.

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Published: 2/8/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Feb. 8, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 2/8/17




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Washington High School student council and leadership members visited Marthasville Elementary School on Monday, Feb. 6, to promote the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life, scheduled for Friday, April 28, at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

Four of the event’s Student Chairs, Dylan Brocato, Jonathan Amlong, Tess Marquart and Lexi Hendricks, were on hand at Marthasville to speak to the students about the Children’s Relay for Life.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Click on the attached link below to register online for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life. The deadline is March 10.

Photos from the WHS students promoting the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life at Marthasville Elementary are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/7/17




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Niche recently came out with its rankings of school districts in Missouri and the United States.

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

The School District of Washington ranked No. 29 in the 2017 best school districts in Missouri, and received an overall grade of “A-“.

An “A” grade was given in health and safety. An “A-“ grade was given in academics, and resources and facilities.

A “B+” grade was given in teachers, college readiness and food. A “B” grade was given in administration, sports, and clubs and activities.

Click on the link below for the complete Niche rankings.

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Published: 2/3/17




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The NJROTC/NNDCC Washington Cyber Team took second place in the National Youth Cyber Defense All-Service Missouri State Competition for the Gold Tier. 

Washington completed two other rounds and won the ability to proceed to the State Competition based on its scores in the first and second rounds.  

The team is made up of students from Washington and Borgia.

Team members are Cadets Zachary Batson, Ethan Strubberg, Tyler Ramsey, Alex Davis, Mitchell Zurick  and Adam Bell. The team is coached by Dave Batson and LT Tim Raines.

“The team started last year and interest has grown, as has the team. Next year we will have at least two competitive teams,” Raines said. “Americans have become more familiar with Cyber Security during the last year, which I believe has increased the interest in protecting network and other software and hardware vulnerabilities. This program is available to all Washington and Borgia students who enroll in the NJROTC/NNDCC program.

“We have has so much interest, the NJROTC unit is looking at hosting a one-week Cyber Camp during the summer.  The total cost of the camp is a little over $1,000. We’ve had a tremendous support from local corporations and employees. One example is Dave Batson from Ameren UE.  He has volunteered his time to educate the cadets with real world application. Ameren UE has donated equipment and possibly donating grant money in the future. Their involvement as created excitement and interest for the cadets.”

Photos of the NJROTC/NNDCC Washington Cyber Team are below.

What is CyberPatriot?

​​​CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. 

CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in Cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 

The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​

AFA CyberCamps

AFA CyberCamps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. At CyberCamp, students learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats.

The AFA CyberCamp curriculum was first piloted during the summer of 2014. CyberPatriot supported camps at twenty-four schools and organizations during the inaugural season of the AFA CyberCamp Program in summer 2015 and will have over 75 camps in the summer of 2016.





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Published: 2/2/17




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Washington High School’s Curriculum Night for the 2017-18 school year will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2.  

This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the courses available at WHS for the 2017-18 school year.

Students are not required to attend, but they are encouraged to visit the curriculum fair.

A schedule of events for curriculum night is below.

Schedule of Events:

* 5:30-6:15 p.m. - Incoming 9th Grade (Class of 2021) Parent Meeting – CJB Auditorium;

* 6:30-7 p.m. - Rising 10th/11th Grade (Class of 2019 and 2020) Parent Meeting - CJB Auditorium;

* 7:10-7:25 p.m. - AP Overview – CJB Auditorium;

* 7:30-8 p.m. -  Rising 12th Grade (Class of 2018) Parent Meeting – CJB Auditorium; and

* 6-8 p.m. - Curriculum Fair in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. Please tour the departmental displays before or after your scheduled parent meetings. Teachers will be available to discuss different course options.

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Eighth-grade students from Washington Middle School visited Washington High School to get acquainted with the building in preparation for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday morning, Jan. 31.

The students first gathered in the CJB Auditorium and watched a power point presentation about topics such as registration, graduation requirements and day-to-day operations of the high school.

The students heard from and were introduced to WHS administrators and guidance counselors.

Following the presentation, the eighth-grade students split into several different groups and were given a tour of the high school by WHS student council and leadership students.

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Published: 2/1/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 2/1/17




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Washington High School students in the CAPS Business class visited the Missourian Commercial Printing facility on Bluff Road in Washington on Friday morning, Jan. 27.

Stephen Trentmann of the Missourian gave the class a tour of the entire facility, explaining the day-to-day operations. Trentmann has been in print production, prepress and sales of print product since 1989. He works as a sales manager for the Missourian.

The students got a first-hand look of the printing press and how it operates, as well as other departments and offices.

Photos from the CAPS Business students at the Missourian Commecial Printing facility are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/17




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The Washington High School Prom will take place Saturday, May 6, at the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The prom will be from 6:30-11 p.m.

More details about the WHS prom will be posted when they become available.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/17




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A public meeting regarding wellness programs within the School District of Washington will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6-7 p.m. at the Technology and Learning Center, 4245 Highway 47 in Washington. The meeting will be conducted by Jill Poepsel, Director of Food Service. 

The agenda is as follows:

A. Overview of the programs conducted

B. Regulatory information related to the programs

C. The issues as they relate to the programs (building level and other organizations represented in the schools)

D. Brainstorming and public input.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/27/17




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Lydia Juengling, a junior at Washington High School, is the new student representative for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education.

Juengling was approved by the board and sworn in during the Jan. 25 meeting.

Juengling replaces Mary Hinnah as the district’s student representative. Student terms are for one year. Hinnah was given a gift for her one year of service by the Board of Education.

Lydia is the daughter of Michael and Stephanie Juengling.

At WHS, Juengling is involved with Junior Optimist Club, Renaissance, National Honor Society, is co-editor of the yearbook (The Washingtonian), runs on the cross country team, is a manager for the track and field team, is a member of Phi Mu Theta (math honor society) and is on the Worship team at her church.

The student representative is expected to attend all regular board meetings and may be asked to report on particular issues. The student also is expected to communicate with other students throughout the district on a regular basis.

The student representative does not sit in on executive sessions or is privy to any confidential information.

Photos below are of Juengling being sworn in during the Jan. 25 board of education meeting.


Lydia Juengling


Lydia Juengling is sworn in by Board of Education Vice President Kevin Blackburn.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/27/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The January 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Sandi Gildehaus, Stefanie Virgen and Scott Paulsen.

Gildehaus is the School District of Washington’s Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Virgen is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. Paulsen is a Warehouse Manager at Central Warehouse.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Sandi Gildehaus

Sandi Gildehaus, the Parents as Teachers Coordinator for the School District of Washington, is a graduate of Washington High School. She has been with the SDOW for 12 years, all with the Parents as Teachers program. She's a graduate of East Central College.

 

* What is Parents as Teachers?

“It’s a free parent education program. We have four components to the program itself. There’s parent education, so there are personal visits we can do with families. We do developmental screenings. We do group connections. And then we have tons of resources that we can share with families.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I am the Parents as Teachers coordinator. I handle the day-to-day operations for the program. I’m the Parents as Teachers coordinator part-time and I am also a part-time parent educator.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

“Caring, compassionate, and always ready for change. I am not afraid of change.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“Flexibility. I love the flexibility of being able to schedule appointments for when it works with my schedule and the needs of my family.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the Early Learning Center?

“It’s a hoot-and-a-half when you see the preschoolers, babies and toddlers who are in this building every day and we are lucky enough to see those families as well. With children under the age of 5, you just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths or how they’re going to react to something. It’s always entertaining.”

 

*Hobbies?

"I’m also the varsity cheer coach at St. Francis Borgia, so that occupies the other full-time position that I do. Past that, I really don’t have time for anything else.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?

“The beginning of the school year. Everyone is so excited. Everything is fresh and new.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I would like to follow Dr. (Lori) VanLeer around for a week. I’m sure she experiences many different things that would make things interesting for sure.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“What teacher doesn’t root for a snow day? But I don’t want too many of them.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“I don’t know that I have a definite answer for that. You learn from your past, and you look forward to your future.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“Somewhere with a beach, and don’t send a search party looking for me. I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“Yogurt and a lot of leftovers.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“I’d want to read minds. Of course, I would never abuse my power.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“At the time, I was working for J.C. Penney on their management team. I was at work watching it all unfold on the computer, and not believing it was happening.”


Sandi Gildehaus


Sandi Gildehaus

 

 

Stefanie Virgen

Stefanie Virgen, a Washington High School graduate, is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. She teaches eighth-grade college and career, eighth-grade gifted, seventh-grade language arts and seventh grade gifted. She’s been in education for nine years, including the last six years with the SDOW at the middle school. She’s owns a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in education from Drury University and an education specialist degree from Arkansas State University.

 

*Describe your job duties?

I do everything. Then when I get bored, I see if there’s another committee I can join.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

Irrevocably tough, but immutably caring. Occasionally sardonic.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“That I would do it for free.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the middle school?

We take the boisterous enthusiasm of the elementary, combine it with the pedagogical solemnity of the high school, mix in 600 pubescent adolescents, and out pops the magic.”

 

*Hobbies?

Living outside in spring and summer; lamenting that I can no longer live outside in the winter. Also other stuff, like reading everything, engaging in culinary arts, eating everything in sight, singing loudly even though my two littles decry this supposedly foul treatment, laughing with my husband, and trying to find a way to increase the amount of grading on my plate. Wait. Strike that last one.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?
Replaced daily.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I’d like to be a student.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

The occasional snow day is merely a portal to have more time to do more, which includes eating.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Thirty. Enough life experience to hopefully apply learning from youthful stupidity. Less uncomfortable medical tests. Win win!”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

The middle of the deepest woods I can find with the most creeks running through it. Maybe a mountain to climb in case I grow spoiled and tired of all the tranquil perfection.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

Ingredients to make food from almost any culture and a whole lot of caffeine.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I would be kind of like King Midas, except instead of turning everything to gold with my touch, I would turn everyone genial, loving, and full of compulsively logical thinking.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

I was in my dorm at MSU (Missouri State University). Someone called and told me something horrible had happened and to turn on the TV. I did so and the second tower came down. I remember thinking this was our generation’s ‘day that will live in infamy;’ 315 million people had just been rocked by the vitriol of a few and our national consciousness changed forever.”


Stefanie Virgen, front row center, with some of her middle school students.


Stefanie Virgen, behind the plant, with some of her middle school students.

 

 

Scott Paulsen

Scott Paulsen is Warehouse Manager at the central warehouse for the School District of Washington. He’s worked at the school district’s warehouse for 18 years. Paulsen is a graduate of Rolla High School and East Central College.

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I have a couple of guys who work with me and we take care of all of the custodial supplies and all of the food that the kitchens and buildings need throughout the week. We also take care of any stages, chairs, risers, and other equipment needed for programs to be taken out.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person?

“I can be quiet, but at the same time, I like a good practical joke, so a little grease under the door handle might not be out of line.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to interact with several different people. The people I work with are great. You can’t be too sensitive around us.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the central warehouse?

“We’re very busy. There are times when we have a hard time keeping up, especially on Veterans Day, Christmas programs, things that take place around the same time. We have to keep up with all of the chairs and tables, along with all of the food and custodial duties.”

 

Hobbies?

“I have my own side business. My wife just took over her parents’ canoe business. I have two not-so-young-anymore kids. I like to spend time with them and my wife, so there’s not a lot of time for hobbies. I do like to hunt and target shoot.”

 

* Favorite time of the school year?

“A couple of weeks after school starts. That’s when everything settles down and things get into a routine.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would you like you like to work for a week?

“This might sound corny, but there isn’t one. I like my job. Maybe I’m afraid of change.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“No I don’t. We work snow days, and it can become a problem, especially when there are several in a row. The food that’s not used on the snow day is left in the freezers. If we get several snow days in a row, that can become an issue because I’ve already ordered another shipment of food and things get backed up in the freezer.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“Everyone wants to be younger. I don’t want to be old and decrepit, but I like where I’m at. I’m not hurting all the time, and hopefully I’m not a foolish kid anymore.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“I don’t dream about world travel. I don’t like big cities. It would probably be the Ozark Mountains or Smoky Mountains. Just the middle of nowhere.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“We’re in the process of butchering, so you’ll see lots of beef and pork. There’s also soda.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“Not sure. How about Mr. Incredible?”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“I was with a co-worker and we were going from one school to another to pick up some donated items when we heard about it over the radio. I didn’t think about a terrorist attack when it first happened. Hearing about it on the radio, I’m thinking it was a small, personal plane that hit the tower. As soon as the second one hit, I knew it was a terrorist attack.”


Scott Paulsen

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Published: 1/26/17




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A reminder there will be a modified day for students on Wednesday, Jan. 25, for a staff professional work day in the afternoon.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Click on the attached link below for more information on modified days.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/17




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Fall sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2016 fall sports season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

 

Outstanding (3.25 - 4.0)

JV Girls Cross Country - 3.95

Varsity Girls Cross Country - 3.85

Varsity Volleyball - 3.71

Varsity Girls Golf - 3.67

JV Volleyball - 3.62

Varsity Boys Cross Country - 3.59

JV Boys Cross Country - 3.57

JV Girls Golf - 3.48

9th Volleyball - 3.28

 

Distinguished (3.0 - 3.24)

JV Softball - 3.24

Varsity Softball - 3.22

Varsity Boys Soccer - 3.17

Varsity Football - 3.04

9th Grade Football - 3.0

 

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Published: 1/23/17




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The School District of Washington recently sent six teams from two schools to two different scholar bowl tournaments.  

WHS A and B went to Oakville, while WHS JV and WMS A, B, and C were in Tuscumbia.  

(* - medalist as a top scoring player in prelims). 

In Tuscumbia, the JV team took second in their division, only dropping a game to the winner Hallsville, finishing the day at 9-1. Team members were Marcy Lampe*, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte and Audrey Bush*.

​In Middle School, the field was split into a Standard and a Highly Competitive division. The HC division played on the same set of questions as the JV field.  

In Standard, the WMS C team placed second overall at 8-2.  Team members were Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann*, Kyle Meyer and Silas Clements.

In the Highly Competitive division, WMS B went 3-6 to place fifth out of six teams. Team members were Max Grimes*, Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller.

WMS A placed second at 8-2, with both losses to champions Columbia Independent A. Team members were Zach Miesner*, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr* and Michael Lampe.

At Oakville, both WHS A and B ended up facing each other in the final, with WHS A staying undefeated on the year at 11-0.  The WHS B team's only losses at 9-2 were to the A team.  

WHS A team members were Matt Dew, Matt Chalem, Cole Phinney and Joe Stitz*.

WHS B team members were Jonathan Amlong*, Spencer Johnson and Carrie Derner*.


JV team members Marcy Lampe, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte and Audrey Bush.


WMS C team members were Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer and Silas Clements.


WMS A team members were Zach Miesner, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr and Michael Lampe.


WMS and JV team members were Zach Miesner, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr, Michael Lampe, Marcy Lampe, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte,  Audrey Bush, Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer, Silas Clements, Max Grimes, Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller.


WHS Team members were Matt Dew, Matt Chalem, Cole Phinney, Joe Stitz, Jonathan Amlong, Spencer Johnson and Carrie Derner.

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Published: 1/23/17




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Washington High School’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization teamed up with the Washington Optimist Club to plan the details and then sell Christmas trees at the lot located off the J.C. Penney parking lot throughout the holiday season.

The money is raised from the project was split 50-50 between the two organizations.

The total amount of money raised was $6,853.34. The Future Farmers of America received $3,426.67 from the project.

FFA students were recognized for their participation in the project during the Optimist meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Click here for photos.

Click on the attached link below for photos of FFA students being recognized at the Optimist meeting.

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Published: 1/20/17




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CAPS Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The CAPS students, who visited the Washington Chamber of Commerce office in December, had the opportunity to learn more about what the organization does on an annual basis and the meet with some of the individuals behind the operation.

Among the items on the agenda during the meeting were 2016 Town & Country Fair reports and awards, 2017 fair board introductions, economic development report and awards presentation and Chamber board introductions.

Following the program, the CAPS Business students visited with Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy and shared with her the projects they’ve been working on during the school year.

See the photos below of the CAPS Business students with Lucy and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Board Director Tom Holdmeier.


CAPS Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Front row, from left, are Sara Hamer, Taylor Hanneken, Parker Nye, Cassidy Nurnberger, Paige Nye and Emmy Hopkins. Back row, from left, are Kailey Robinson, Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy, Molly Landolt, Nichole Brinker, Morgan Holdmeyer, CAPS Business Instructor Cathy Jinkerson and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Board Director Tom Holdmeier.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/12/17




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The Washington High School Leadership class has done many community projects during the first semester of the 2016-17 school year.

WHS leadership students are members of Student Council, and chair committees for STUCO events such as assemblies, Homecoming, Dig for a Difference, Courtwarming, Mr. WHS, the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children's Relay for Life and many more.  

Leadership has done various community service projects this school year, including:

* Festival of Trees - canned food drive;

* 12 Days of Christmas - provided treats to the Washington Police Department for 12 days in December;

* Loving Hearts Gift Drive - held a drive to collect gifts for children and teenagers;

* Loving Hearts Book Drive - held a book drive and donated all gently used and/or new books;

* Cupcake Donation – ProStart; and

* Lunches for Love - students raffled off lunches with money benefitting Grace's Place.

The Leadership class members are Emily Groppe, Tess Marquart, Olivia Diederich, Bria Hasenjaeger, Lexi Hendricks, Lauren Ancell, Libbie Harrison, Madison Straatmann, Kacie Huxol, Payton Owens, Kailey Robinson, Lydia Lock, Brooke Woemmel, Abbey Jinkerson, Holly Hoerstkamp, Paige Nye, Michael Hancock, Kelley Siem, Evie Reifschneider, Parker Nye, Jonathan Amlong, Cason Suggs, Adam Gauzy, Joe Omer, Dylan Brocato and Zach Harms.

Leadership officers are Madison Straatmann (President), Emily Groppe (Vice President), Libbie Harrison (Secretary), Brooke Woemmel (Treasurer), Paige Nye (Spirit Commissioner) and Adam Gauzy (Public Relations).

The Leadership advisor is Cathy Jinkerson.


2016-17 WHS Leadership

Row 1, left to right: Paige Nye, Bria Hasenjaeger, Lexi Hendricks, Emily Groppe, Libbie Harrison and Kelley Siem.

Row 2, left to right: Payton Owens, Kailey Robinson, Tess Marquart, Brooke Woemmel and Madison Straatmann.

Row 3, left to right: Parker Nye, Holly Hoerstkamp, Abbey Jinkerson, Olivia Diederich, Lauren Ancell and Kacie Huxol.

Row 4, left to right: Evie Reifschneider and Lydia Lock.

Row 5, left to right: Adam Gauzy, Zack Harms, Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong, Dylan Brocato, Michael Hancock and Joe Omer.

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Published: 1/10/17




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Mindy Schmelz is the new school resource officer at Washington Middle School.

Schmelz replaces Casey Hill, who returns to road duty with the Washington Police Department after spending 5 ½ years as resource officer with the School District of Washington.

I want to thank Officer Casey Hill for his five years of excellent service as Washington Middle School SRO,” said WMS Principal Ron Millheiser. “We are excited to have Officer Schmelz on board as our new SRO. We feel like she will be a great fit for our building and a positive role model for our students. In the few days she has been here, she has already been working hard on establishing relationships with both our kids and staff while gaining an understanding of our building procedures.”

Schmelz was scheduled to begin at the middle school at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, but she suffered a torn ACL injury and needed time to recover.

“I’m excited to be here and am looking forward to interacting with the students. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a difference with them,” Schmelz said. “It’s a three-year commitment, but I hope to be with the school district for longer than that.”

Schmelz grew up in Hermann and is a 2003 graduate of Hermann High School. She attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where she graduated Cum Laude with a double major in criminology and sociology in May of 2007. She then attended Eastern Missouri Police Academy in St. Peters. She began her career with the Washington Police Department in April of 2008.

Mindy and her husband, Jason, currently reside in Marthasville. They have two boys; Caleb, 6, and Gabe, 4.

Doug Tollison continues his role as the school resource officer at Washington High School.

Schmelz is the police department’s adviser for the Police Explorer Post. She said she looks forward to getting in classrooms and talking to students about current drug awareness. She will be stationed at the middle school and will be assigned to road duty on days when school is not in session and during the summer.

Schmelz and Tollison both are D.A.R.E instructors and also are responsible for the school district’s elementary schools in the city.


Mindy Schmelz, School Resource Officer, Washington Middle School


Doug Tollison, School Resource Officer, Washington High School

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/9/17




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School District of Washington buildings had the top three finishes in the annual Community Festival of Trees, which recently concluded at St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington.

Over 80 trees were decorated by various organizations. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area had trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree was one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Overall, there were approximately 8,000 food items donated to the Festival of Trees.

For the sixth consecutive year, Washington High School was the winner, collecting the most items. Washington Middle School Student Council finished less than 100 items behind WHS to finish in second place. Finishing in third place was South Point Elementary first- and second-grade classes.

Also participating in the Festival of Trees from the School District of Washington were WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Each food item will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

A photo of the winners, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ, is below. The photo is courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


Staff and students from the School District of Washington, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington, pose with their food collection for the Festival of Trees.

                                                          (Washington Missourian Photo.)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/6/17




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For the School District of Washington’s staff professional development day on Monday, Jan. 2, art instructors from the district paid a visit to Central Print in St. Louis. Click here for a photo gallery.

Central Print’s mission is to promote the art of printmaking by providing workshops, classes and programs, for people of all ages, focusing on the use and preservation of historic letterpress printing equipment.

We learned so much history behind printmaking and expanded our knowledge to bring that into our own classrooms,” said Washington West Elementary art teacher Chad Greife-Wetenhall. “Then we had a blast trying it out ourselves. Everyone kept saying that this was such a great PD day.”

Click on the attached links below for more information on Central Print and a photo gallery from the field trip.

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Published: 1/5/17




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The School District of Washington is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll.  

To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, the School District of Washington had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP (Advanced Placement) while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

“I wish to congratulate our students and staff for this honor. We have worked hard to offer courses that students desire, with AP courses being an example of that,” said Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “Through our Pathways to Success discussions and focus groups to the building AP committee, AP courses have been strategically added to the course offerings and our students have shown interest in those courses. Not only interest, but they have achieved success in these courses of very high rigor. This is a tremendous honor and to be recognized for these efforts is commendable. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The School District of Washington is one of six school districts in Missouri to be placed on the AP Honor Roll.

“Washington High School strives to offer courses of high rigor and relevance to our students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “We have been on a mission the last few years to increase our offerings to match student interests across the board. AP is one example of the increased course offerings available to students.  We have exceeded our goals with the addition of several AP courses. It is quite an accomplishment to be recognized as an AP Honor Roll school.  We celebrate this success with our students, faculty and community.”

National data from 2016 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened.

The School District of Washington is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.

Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;

Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and

Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found by clicking on the link below.

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Published: 1/4/17




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Paige Nye and Parker Nye both were recognized as the Washington Rotary Club Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

The Nye twins are seniors at Washington High School and part of the Four Rivers Career Center’s CAPS Business class.

Paige and Parker Nye both hold a 4.0 grade-point average at Washington High School and are involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership, Renaissance, Young Life and soccer.

Paige and Parker both plan on attending Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Both are going into Pre-Business. Paige plans to major in International Business/Marketing. Parker wants to pursue Marketing with an emphasis in Fashion.

Paige and Parker Nye were presented their student of the month plaques by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photo below.


Parker Nye, left, and Paige Nye, right, receive their Rotary student of the month plaque from Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/20/16




Audience: Homepage

On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The December 2016 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jocelyn Schluss, Mike Jinkerson and Beth Beerman.

Schluss is the principal at Marthasville Elementary. Jinkerson is a sixth-grade teacher at Labadie Elementary. Beerman is the kitchen manager at Washington High School.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Jocelyn Schluss

Jocelyn Schluss is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and William Woods University (Bachelors and Masters). She currently is working on her PhD in Reading at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This is her third year as the principal of Marthasville Elementary and her 17th year in education. She previously was the principal at Owensville Elementary and a teacher at Hermann Elementary and Daniel Boone Elementary in Warrenton.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a principal

“I try to be a caring person. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and try to understand where they’re coming from before I make decisions and enforce rules.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“Definitely working with the kids. We have a lot of great kids and a great staff. Our staff is fun to work with and I love their dedication. I admire how much th